The Ngram: word usage and what it tells us.

Tonight I was introduced to the Google Ngram Viewer.  If you have curiosity about word usage and  change over time, this is for you.

Here’s my screen capture search of two words: skyscraper and high-rise.

Google NGram word usage: Skyscraper, High-rise

The Google Ngram Viewer is a tool that charts the yearly count of words and phrases and graphs the usage in definable time periods.

You can search a single word or phrase, or compare several. You know when the word groovy first came into usage?  Wait a minute. Groovy, as in the 1960s?  What did it mean, circa 1890? 1890?!

For three days I will post more intriguing word searches.

Meanwhile, do you want to the try the Ngram yourself?

It would be fun to read about your interesting finds here in comments!


6 thoughts on “The Ngram: word usage and what it tells us.

    • I’m glad you find the connection between interesting and fun . . . and that you did your own search! I posted some more word searches. I would love to hear any interesting search you recommend. It’s always good to hear from you!



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