Pace Publishing students love language! If we didn’t we’d be in the wrong graduate program. Have you ever found yourself wondering when certain words became popular? When did “cool” replace “groovy” or “neat” in the popular lexicon? How have spellings of words evolved over time? A really awesome tool for evaluating answers to these questions is Google Ngram
. It is a search engine that tracks the popularity of words in published books. Just enter in a word or phrase and Google shows you how many times that word appeared in a book per year, dating back to 1800. Enter in a few words separated by commas to compare popularity of words.
What did you search for?