Graph the popularity of words over time with Ngram Viewer

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 24 15:53:56 UTC 2013

I searched on
for words  horrible,terrible,awful,lousy,insane,ridiculous,very bad

The graph for all these words (but lousy) rises from 2000 to 2008 (last year in database I suppose)
This corresponds to the rise of terrorism and war.
Results show that things were twice as terrible as they were horrible or awful, and 10 times worse than very bad.
I'm just sayin.

Tom Zurinskas, Conn 20 yrs, Tenn 3, NJ 33, now Fl 9.
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> See the popularity of terms rise and fall over time.  From   funknet at mailma=
>    Original post  "... For those of you who have not yet become addicted to=
>  the Ngram Viewer=2C it plots the token frequency of words and word strings=
>  over time in the books in Google Books. If you separate words by commas=2C=
>  you can plot the token frequencies of multiple strings on a single graph. =
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> A reply "...This is FUN!  I have looked at so many things already=2C trying=
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> unambiguous (which is the hard part). So far the most interesting to me is=
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> the parallel rise of "psycholinguistics" and "sociolinguistics" until the=20
> late 1970s. After that=2C psycholinguistics took a dive=2C and=20
> sociolinguistics has held steady or risen a bit (I don't know the sample=20
> size=2C but assume it's big enough that any apparent difference is likely t=
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> be statistically significant). The crossover for psycho/sociolinguistics=20
> came around 1982."
> Merry Christmas    ~~Mairee Krismis~~
> Tom Zurinskas=2C Conn 20 yrs=2C Tenn 3=2C NJ 33=2C now FL 11.
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