Friday, October 30, 2015

Word Count and Historical Trends: What Google Can Show Us

Discover a great new tool that Google has, allowing you to search any English word or phrase you'd like. Google then searches through books, articles and all other publications for that phrase and returns the data in a visual format. Below are some of the more interesting results I wanted to share... you can also test the feature for yourself by following this link:

American Civil War
The lead-up to the Civil War and it's aftermath, with a slight tick up heading into the 20th century. Notice another upturn during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Fall of the Berlin Wall
The use of the word "Communism" rises in the early 20th century before coming crashing down as the Berlin Wall falls in the later quarter of the century.

World War Two
The end of WW1 makes way for a political party known as the Nazi Party, giving rise to the word "Nazi." Ultimately culminating with the Nuremberg war crime trials in the 1950s. Notice it has remained mostly level ever since.

Something called "Google" begins...
The phrase "Google it" enters popular lexicon, like a rocket ship in the 1990s.

The American Revolution
The use of the word "Tyranny" rises dramatically as the colonists decide to break away from the British. A steady decline in tyranny ever since the birth of United States America.

A slow build in the use of the word over time. Worth noting the rise before 9/11 as well as in the aftermath.

Looks like the birth of America gave rise to a fixation on money.

Past vs. Future
Seems like people have always been fixated on the future. But more recently, the past has been creeping up on us.

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