THESAURUS QUERY….This post is a bit….odd. But I want to make sure I’m not losing my mind, so here goes.
I use the online thesaurus at reference.com a lot. Really a lot. And as my mind continues to get fuzzier with age, I imagine I’ll be using it even more.
But last night something funny happened. In the past, for most ordinary word lookups, the results page would contain at least half a dozen entries (different references, different parts of speech, etc.) and each entry would contain anywhere from 10 to 30 synonyms. Today, every single search I’ve done has returned two or three entries with no more than five or six synonyms per entry. It’s almost useless.
Does anyone else use reference.com who’s had the same experience? Am I right that the number of words on the results pages has suddenly gotten cut down by 5-10x? Or am I just imagining things?
And assuming I’m not imagining things, why? Did I accidentally hit the “abridged results” button? Did the reference.com people get lots of complaints that they were returning too many words? Are they planning to start charging for more comprehensive results? Or what?