One Of The Best Time Wasting Tools On The Web

Have you ever come across an obscure word or curious debate in a book or an article and wanted to research it further?

Chances are you have and like me you’re an armchair historian.  So unless you’re living in a library you’re probably on Google a lot, looking for answers.

Did you know that Google’s Ngram Viewer let’s you track  language and cultural evolution?

When you enter phrases into the Google Books Ngram Viewer, it displays a graph showing how those phrases have occurred in a corpus of books (e.g., “British English”, “English Fiction”, “French”) over the selected years.

And what is an Ngram?

An Ngram, also commonly called an N-gram is a statistical analysis of text or speech content to find n (a number) of some sort of item in the text

As a writer I love how I can use the Ngram Viewer to check on a word’s popularity and evolution.   I can also check on places, recipes, issues, catchphrases etc.

Check out the below Ngrams from http://www.informationisbeautiful.net

ngram_chicken_egg

What came first?

ngram_drugs

Ngram Drugs

 

Have you or do you use Google’s Ngram Viewer?  Do you find it helpful?

 

 

 

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