Google Books released an incredibly interesting time-waster research tool that can graph the use of any word in six language since 1500 from some 500 million digitized books, as I reported this morning for Technically Philly.
They show things like: We haven’t written more about ‘peace’ than ‘war’ since 1743.
Other interesting graphs:
- War versus Peace in literature since 1500 H/T SACM
- Software versus computer since 1940 — While certainly lagging, software follows the trends of computer and is closer than I expected.
- Love versus hate since 1500 — The percentage rate that we’ve written about hate has pretty much never changed for five centuries. The amount of which we’re written about love most certainly has.
- Obama versus Clinton — Who has the bigger presence in recorded history? Well, of course.
What have you found?