I've noticed some changes to on-line dictionaries that I frequent. I'm just putting this out there for your information. If you want to comment on whether you like or dislike the changes, whether they are good / bad / helpful / unhelpful / progressive / the end of the world / etc., feel free to comment. I'm neutral on the first two. The last one feels like I'm losing an old friend.
DWDS has changed its on-screen appearance. It seems not to be calling itself "Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache" any longer, but rather "Das Wortauskunftssystem zur deutschen Sprache in Geschichte und Gegenwart". They still use the same initials, not "DWDS-GG".
DWDS has also started incorporating words & definitions from Duden. This kind of surprised me, but then I noticed that they are marked in DWDS, "Duden, GWDS, 1999" to the far right of "Bedeutung". Compare:
Does anyone know how much of Duden has been incorporated?
Collins English Dictionary (also slightly new format on-screen) has started providing words & definitions from Webster’s New World College Dictionary (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishers). I ran into this a few weeks back & for the life of me I can't remember what I was looking up. it was clearly marked as "Webster’s New World College Dictionary". I haven't encountered anything since, so I don't think the incorporation is very extensive.
Oxford Dictionaries (or on subsequent screens: Oxford Living Dictionaries) also has a new look on-screen. But more than that, at least in entries for plants & animals, they have dropped out any reference to the scientific name & the plant or animal family relationship. To scientists, that's half the definition.
And what really infuriates me is that you can't use Oxford's internal search engine anymore to use the scientific name to look up an English name associated with that scientific name. You used to be able to, though it had become limited & less reliable since their last change in on-screen appearance.
Not only that, but you used to be able to use Google to search for the scientific name in quotes followed by
and Google would give you a much more complete list like the Oxford internal search engine would give before their last change in on-screen apprearance. Now you can't even do that anymore. Which means that when they took our the scientific names, they really took out the scientific names.
Some scientific names are still there, if they are incorporated into the sentence defining the entry. But if the scientific name was on a second line below the sentence defining the entry, its gone & apparently gone for good.
Now the only dictionary I know of that lets you use the scientific name to look up the English common name is Merriam-Webster (as least using Google plus site:www.merriam-webster.com). But I liked looking up scientific names in both Oxford & Merriam-Webster because the main entry in one was often different than the main entry in the other.
Anyway, I've complained to OED. In one complaint I used actual quotes I had included in the last 50 LEO New Entry Proposals showing the difference between old & new OED definitions. I have written to OED's North American team coordinator I used to work for 20 years ago, but apparently he has moved on to another job. So far, "answer came there none."
I know, they're just weeds. I'll just have to work harder to finish making new proposals to LEO.