Words, Quantitatively

December 16, 2010 | 2

Google has just released a tool that lets you see how frequently certain words have appeared in the millions of books from all eras that Google has scanned. It’s pretty neat. Here are some presidents, technologies, and the meaning of life.

created The Millions and is its publisher. He and his family live in New Jersey.


  1. This seems like a very useful tool. But still… I’m cringing already thinking of how many people will use it and draw earthshaking conclusions from their results. This kind of tool is so easy that it lets us all be armchair social science researchers. Great. Just please everyone just knock off the hubris… just cause google gives you a tool that’s easy to use doesn’t mean you’re prepared understand and share the implications of what you find with it. I sound cranky.

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