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November 16, 2004 12:01 AM

Broken: error

Update Dec. 22, 2004: Alex Burka points out that this problem is now fixed. Nice work to the folks!

Original post below.

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DictionaryThere's a problem on

Search on "comraderie". replies:

    No entry found for comraderie.
    Did you mean comaraderie?

Click on that suggestion, "comaraderie", and you get...

    No entry found for comaraderie.
    Did you mean comaraderie?

Why is intent on serving up non-words as suggestions? And why can't it suggest the proper spellings (camaraderie or comradery) upfront? Strange behavior, for a dictionary site.

Note that I didn't include the enormous, annoying popup I got when I did these searches. Broken all around.

Thanks to Nicolas Fleet for pointing out this brokenness.


I've seen this with other words too. It seems to have an automated suggestion generator (Google seems to do the same thing with its search suggestions; I've had suggested searches that also turned up nothing), although it would seem to make sense to include something in the algorithim that would automatically check its own suggestions.

Posted by: Maurs at November 16, 2004 01:08 AM

Can you demonstrate that this is a widespread problem? I use frequently (with my popup blocker turned on) and have never encountered a problem like this. Unless you can give me other examples, I'll chalk this up as one isolated mistake in their wordlist.

Posted by: Jay at November 16, 2004 09:05 AM

It has done this to be countless times.

It's an endless circle if you keep clicking.

Posted by: Brooke at November 16, 2004 11:11 AM

Of course it will. puts the word you're searching for directly in the URL. The URL for "comraderie" is this:

When you click on the "comaraderie" result, you go here:

The search fails because there is no entry for that word. The search for possible matches will always return the same result.

The "brokenness" here is simply that there is a misspelled word in the suggestions list.

Posted by: Jay at November 17, 2004 10:07 AM

I had a problem like that a while back with too.

Posted by: Evelyn at November 17, 2004 11:14 AM

Not for nothing, but is one of the best, most useful sites on the net ... and on top of that, it's completely free. Get some pop-up banning software, give the site some feedback on the error you have found, and get with the spirit of grammatically-minded comaraderie fostered day-in-and-day-out save the annoyance of a wee bit of advertising and a little bug or two!!

Posted by: Maureen at November 18, 2004 05:13 PM

Piffle. Merriam-Webster's site ( is much better.

Posted by: Vidiot at November 18, 2004 11:32 PM

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