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