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2002-06-03 20:26:02+00 by TC 5 comments

Dictionary.com seems to be down still. Does anyone have the scoop on them?

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#Comment made: 2002-06-04 13:14:20+00 by: petej [edit history]

Dunno. I usually use the Merriam Webster site.

#Comment made: 2002-06-04 15:22:45+00 by: TC

The site seems to be back up now. I looked at OED but $550 a year seems a bit steep to me.

#Comment made: 2002-06-04 15:31:55+00 by: Mike Gunderloy

Actually, there's a way to get free OED access:

  1. Join the Quality Paperback Book Club (http://www.qpb.com)
  2. Log on to their web site and you'll find member-only access to the OED

Normally, QPB requires you to send back the little card every month to avoid getting books that you didn't really want. However, if you contact their customer service you can get switched to a mode where you do NOT automatically get the monthly books, only the mailings; you just send back the card IF you want something.

So, for ainor increase in paper mail, you can get free OED online.

#Comment made: 2002-06-04 16:50:33+00 by: petronius

Secrets of the Book Club: I buy the occasional book from them, but if you don't for some months they send you a card with a carrot & stick. If they don't hear from you in a few weeks they will drop you, but in the meantime here is an additional 10% off your next purchase. I usually cave and buy a slightly more expensive book than is my wont.

recent purchases: "Pox Americana" a history of the continent-wide smallpox epidemic that killed more soldiers in the Revolution than did the British & "Francis of Assisi, a Revolutionary Life" a biography of the patron saint of ecology. i will have to try that OED link, tho.

#Comment made: 2002-06-04 16:55:58+00 by: Pete

I got the hardbound 21-volume OED for $350, shipped. Two, actually. Booksamillion still hates me.