Posts Tagged ‘words’

Pollyanna and Cassandra

Monday, December 21st, 2009

I anxiously await the 2009 NYT Trender tool so we can see how things have changed since 2008, a year in which Cassandra ended on the decline while Pollyanna was on the ascendant. Maybe that’s just due to holiday drinking. @derekg, I certainly hope you plan to update this tool for 2009, because it offers hours of amusement.

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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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