Posts Tagged ‘frequency’

“The king has donkey ears” should have been used more often in 2008.

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

I found this neat tool [Update: tool now offline, but try this one] after Jer Thorp made me some design-related graphs. Actually, Jer found it. It allows you to compare the frequency of any two words or phrases in the entire text of the New York Times for 2008.

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The words we use when we think about design, 1984 to 2009

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

This graph shows the occurrence of the terms “decor” (blue) and “interior design” (red) in The New York Times between 1984 and 2009. What happened to the word “decor”? It fell out of usage in approximately February, 2001, maybe a result of a change in editorial style policy? When I first saw this we wondered if it had to do with some sort of anti-French sentiment, decor being French in origin, but then we realized that its drop in usage came about seven months before 9-11.

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