ATG Quirkies: Search word, phrase and name usage over two centuries!

We were just checking out the very cool Google Ngram Viewer and thought that you might want to know about it.  According to Wikipedia it was inspired by the “Bookworm” prototype created by Jean-Baptiste Michel and Erez Aiden from Harvard and Yuan Shen from MIT.

And what does the Google Ngram Viewer  do?  Well “it charts the yearly count of selected letter combinations or words and phrases, as found in over 5.2 million books digitized by Google up to 2012.” For instance, you can type in names like Flannery O’Connor, Edith Wharton, and Joyce Carol Oates to see how they stack up against each other.

(FYI, Edith comes out on top.)

( The source of all ATG Quirkies is John Riley of Gabriel Books)

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