Ngram Searching

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Ben Zimmer, writer of the New York Times Magazine "On Language" column, plays with Google's new Ngram linguistic search tool and looks through lists of comparisons.

Post your suggestions from the Ngram search tool below


Ben Zimmer

Comments [12]

Lauren from Brooklyn

Follow up Friday? It's REALLY important to understand what OCR is in understanding this tool:

What you see is not necessarily what was printed (which is, by the way, not necessarily what was written).

Dec. 21 2010 11:10 AM
EAC from EV

Women (increases over time),
Venus (spikes at 1800 & 1900),
Gothic (high during the end of the gothic novel phase in 1800s, with recent increase),
1840-1860: Vampyr huge spike
Vampire peaking in 2000
Masculine โ€” Recent HUGE spike!
Feminine โ€” same
Milquetoast (a personal fave and oldie) inclining since 1980s

Dec. 21 2010 11:01 AM
Ishmael from Nyc

Lady Gaga returns a flat line

Dec. 21 2010 10:59 AM
Ben from brooklyn

Do they take in to account more books published in the last few decades years than ever before?

Dec. 21 2010 10:59 AM
Chris from Pittsburgh

Try happy/sad and good/evil.

Dec. 21 2010 10:58 AM
Bob from Glen Rock, NJ

Mother, mom is interesting.

Mother is consistently high through the decades.

Starting in the 1980s people publicly started using "my mom" instead of "my mother".

Dec. 21 2010 10:57 AM
Ann from New York City

when did the words women's rights and feminist begin to appear

Dec. 21 2010 10:55 AM
Meg from Ditmas Park Brooklyn


Dec. 21 2010 10:53 AM
Smokey from LES

Try "oral sex" and "Monica Lewinski" - very interesting!

Dec. 21 2010 10:52 AM
pordy from Madison, NJ

Consciousness has a decided dip between 1920 and 1960, thanks largely (I'm guessing) to the Behaviorist movement in American Psychology

Dec. 21 2010 10:51 AM

"Palestinian Arab" and "Palestinian Jew"

Dec. 21 2010 10:51 AM
Marty from Queens

How does the tool account for the varying connotations of words over time?

Try "socialism."

Dec. 21 2010 10:50 AM

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