Warning: This little Google gadget can be addictive.
This morning, almost randomly while reading Twitter, I discovered Google Ngrams. It's a neat little tool that allows you to track popular word usage over the decades, as the words have been used in Google's ever-increasing database of books.
For fun, I started tossing in some words with political overtones this morning, and here are some of the results:
It'll do more than just two-word comparisons too. Here's what happened when I threw in a kitchen sink of politically loaded words: war, peace, death, taxes, crime, terrorism:
And journalism is a rich mine to tap on Ngrams too. Have a look at this story of my business, from 1900 through to 2008 (which seems to be the upper reach of the search capacity.)
At any rate, happy to hear more suggestions and interesting findings from this device. Try it yourself....