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Breaking up with dictionary.com

Sorry Dictionary.com. I know it’s Valentines Day tomorrow but I’m afraid our affair has to end.
The fact is, you’re not really looking after yourself. Your design is tired, and you’re getting overrun by adverts and popups. Sure, my web browser was able to sort out the latter but the situation’s been like this for a while and it’s not getting any better.
Now I don’t want to kick you while you’re down, but I’ve found someone new. There’s no popups and just a bit of conspicuous advertising down the side. It looks fresh, and, I’m sorry to say, does more than you. Sure, like you it’s got a selection of dictionaries to hand, but when did you ever pull out Wikipedia entries too? What about translations into other languages? What about links to related web sites?
Sorry, but it’s over. Answers.com is my new dictionary of choice.


As you might know, Google recently switched to answers.com as well, and, apparently, the decision was simply because answers.com offered a better service. No money changed hands. Impressive.

11 Comments

  1. Plus you’ve lost that handy google link πŸ™‚

  2. The only reason I use dictionary.com in the first place was through Google. I just use whatever is handy and now that happens to be Answers.com

  3. I use the Cambridge Dictionary, via the Mycroft Firefox extension.
    I used Dictionary.com via Google until Google switched to Answers.com a while ago, but I wouldn’t have made a point of visiting Dictionary.com if it hadn’t been so conveniently offered within the Google interface. I don’t use Answers.com because
    a) I want a dictionary, not an encyclopedia and
    b) I don’t need to know American spellings, definitions and usage advice.

  4. Don’t forget about Wiktionary. I sometimes use Wiktionary too. Just for a different perspective.
    I do agree though. Dictionary.com has seen better days. I wonder if there is anyone even updating it these days.

  5. How Romantic, Neil.
    πŸ˜€

  6. Excellent find. Now to find myself (or create) a firefox search extension.

  7. It’s even got a definition for antidisestablishmentarianism! That’s got to be my favourite dictionary now.
    Antidisestablishmentarianism is a political philosophy that is opposed to the separation of church and state. The term was used to denote opposition to the disestablishment of the Church of England. The word is most often used as an example of the longest English word that has an actual meaning.

  8. I used to use Merriam-Websters as my dictionary as choice, but after looking at Answers.com mesa likes.
    As for firefox add-ons. If you install the dictionary search extension, you can customise what dictionary site it uses. Just add this to one of the empty dictionary choices
    text: Answers search for “$”
    url: http://www.answers.com/$
    Then you can just highlight, and search.. yay! πŸ™‚

  9. Let me say, that I highly doubt it wasn’t a money decision. Dictionary.com is much better than answer.com. I’m a very active user. I’m now frustrated w/ having to typo dictionary.com, rather than just expecting Google to direct me there.

  10. Excellent find.
    Um, answers.com is about as much a find as yahoo.com or ebay. Have you people been living under a rock?

  11. answer.com is a great site!