Word Popularity Over Centuries


Earlier this week, Google launched a new tool called a ‘Books Ngram Viewer‘ which allows you to determine how often certain words have been used in published books over the past 5 centuries (1500-2008)…

They only have about 4% of all books on record (5.2m books with a word count of 500 billion) so you need to take results with a pinch of salt, but it’s interesting none the less… here’s a few interesting results i’ve seen so far…

Love -v- War

love war

King -v- President

king president



Television -v- Computer

tv computer

Sad -v- Happy

happy sad

Failure -v- Success

failure success



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