Things I know so far:
The OED is the Oxford English Dictionary. It's widely regarded as the definitive record of the English language.
The ODE is the Oxford Dictionary of English, previously The New Oxford Dictionary of English (NODE).
The NOAD is the New Oxford American Dictionary.
The ODO is Oxford Dictionaries Online but has since been rebranded as Oxford Living Dictionaries. This might not be a separate dictionary and may be an umbrella term for the ODE and NOAD?
I believe all of these are published by Oxford University Press.
And I believe Google has licensed ODE and NOAD for its definitions. (And Apple and Microsoft too.)
I have a huge beef with those definitions so I'm trying to get clear on exactly which dictionary or dictionaries I'm complaining about and who publishes them.
PS: There's also the Oxford Dictionary of Current English. I haven't figured out yet if that's something distinct or another name for one of the ones above.
PPS: I think the OED and these other shoddy dictionaries are all published by Oxford University Press but are the same actual people responsible for them?
PPPS: More confusion to add to the mix:
- Defunct OAD
- Print: Oxford Dictionary of Current English
- Print: Shorter Oxford English Dictionary
- Print: New Oxford American Dictionary (Claims to be the most comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of current English. If this is the same as the online version of NOAD at OxfordDictionaries.com then that is lies. Is it the same?)
- Print: Concise Oxford English Dictionary
- Print: Canadian Oxford Dictionary