The evolution of language

Okay, so Google’s got this really cool new tool that tracks the usage of words or phrases in books over the past 90 years.  If I was more creative with what words to try out I could spend a lot of time with this.  Fortunately for me, I’m not.  Though here’s one pretty cool graph that looks at our evolving language about homosexuality:

[I see that it’s hard to read the key, but not the chart: blue= gay, red=lesbian, yellow=queer, green=homosexual]

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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