There’s ... an alarming acceptance of the ideas that children might no longer see the seasons, that all childhoods are urban, that all cities are denatured, and that what exists beyond the city fringe or the edge of the computer screen need not be named,” said Macfarlane. “We do not care for what we do not know, and on the whole we do not know what we cannot name. Do we want an alphabet for children that begins ‘A is for Acorn, B is for Buttercup, C is for Conker’; or one that begins ‘A is for Attachment, B is for Block-Graph, C is for Chatroom’?The Guardian, January 13, 2015: "Oxford Junior Dictionary’s replacement of ‘natural’ words with 21st-century terms sparks outcry."
Oxford University Press has cut words like otter, minnow, catkin and clover, replacing them with words like blog, database, bullet point, and celebrity. The dictionary is designed for seven year olds.
Full list of words taken out here.