Word Usage over Time in Movies and TV.

You like Google’s Ngram Viewer (LH post), right? Well, Benjamin Schmidt, an assistant professor of history at Northeastern University, has done the same for movies and TV. You can read about it, and see a couple of samples, here. Data keeps getting more searchable and useful!


  1. AJP Autofill says

    Movies. No results match “Withnail and I”

    Don’t mean to be ungrateful, but the choices seem a bit narrow.

  2. I plugged in ‘British East’, movies, and got five movies, first surprise. The one with the most quotes: ‘Beat the Devil’, no surprise, but 1953 was a surprise; I expected 1954. Just shows how wonky memory gets.

    Yes, it’s my favourite movie of all time. I’m sure I saw it in 1954 and then again the rerun 1964.

  3. If anyone else should become interested, only 1, 2, or 3 word phrases are accepted. I input ‘The decision rests with you’, said by Klaatu (Michael Rennie) in The Day the Earth Stood Still, and was told that the program was configured only for 1, 2, or 3 words.

  4. “Klaatu barada nikto” then.

  5. Right, I thought. I tried it.

    1000000 occurances! Each year from 1933 to 2013 had 100 movies listed! Zup?

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