Ngram – Football x Baseball – Sex x Romance

Google N-gram viewer is a graphing tool used mainly to see how often a word was published in a book during a determined time. Although his tool is very useful to see how trending a word was in a certain period, it also has a few problems, such as the search terms can’t end with question marks and it’s case sensitive -you can deactivate it, but it won’t be as accurate as if you type it the “right” way-.

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For this first Ngram I chose the words “football” and “baseball”, despite having baseball arisen in the mid-1830s, the first time we see a significant appearance is at 1880 which probably means that the sport wasn’t so popular back then. And we also can see a major increase of the word “football” – I also searched for “soccer”, but it isn’t a popular word, I guess that puts an end at the “soccer x football” discussion- and it’s probably due to the fact that the sport became really common.

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For this second graph I chose the words “sex” and “romance”, in the 80s you can clearly see that sex is way more frequent than romance, the word “sex” in this case can be related either to the sexual relation or to the gender, but we’ll never know which meaning is more popular during this time; that’s actually a huge disadvantage of this tool, we can search for a word, but not for its different meanings amongst the years. Around 1890 “romance” surpasses “sex” and it might be because of the  romanticism, that started gaining popularity during the end if the 18th century.

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