04 March 2008

$30 a month for an online dictionary? Get serious, Oxford

The Oxford English Dictionary thinks their online version is worth the "low" monthly rate of $29.95. If that was an annual fee, I would think about it, but still turn them down. I don't see the point of feeding them so much money every month when there are all those free dictionaries. What could they possibly offer that the rest can't?

Merriam-Webster
Free Dictionary
Dictionary.com

There are probably others.

3 comments:

Deniz Bevan said...

No way! I agree that that's an exorbitant price but, having tasted the joys of using the OED Online (we get a subscription at work), I can't ever go back to those other dictionaries. Among it's other merits, the OED boasts:
-better organization
-clear etymologies of all words
-quotations from the timeline of each word
-clarifications of English and American spellings
-search capabilities in many other languages
-previous research conducted by J. R. R. Tolkien! See, for example, under the entry for wariangle.
:-)

John said...

Free dictionaries are fine if you just need to check definitions or spelling. The main advantage of an OED subscription is getting access to all their etymological research and historical usage examples. If you're working with older texts, that material is invaluable.

Anonymous said...

a month? You can get the book one for that price forever. Ok, it is easier the electronic way, but the regular distionary has some magic in it. And if you want the spelling check only, then word is good enough.