Regarding Google Ngrams
Posted: 13 September 2018 03:42 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Were there not many more print sources in, say, 1960 than in 1860?

Hence would we not expect the usage curve to be upward on the right for many searches?

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Posted: 14 September 2018 02:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Google ngrams reports a percentage, not an absolute number.

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Posted: 14 September 2018 03:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Posted: 14 September 2018 08:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Faldage - 14 September 2018 02:02 AM

Google ngrams reports a percentage, not an absolute number.

Thanks.

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Posted: 15 September 2018 02:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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And if you keep track of such things you can get a rough idea of how popular a word or phrase is by seeing how many leading zeroes ngrams is reporting.  I will sometimes speak of a four or five zero word.

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