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


What came first?


Ngram Drugs


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





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