Now is it just me that thinks this is just brilliant?
Ok, I’ll explain – this little tool, from Google, searches books in any time period you choose, and displays usage as a graph so that you can see when it has most references. I would say this is pretty accurate (I can’t see why it wouldn’t be) and it’s certainly fun (for a word-geek like me. Word).
In fact the minute I was faced with this tool my mind went blank – I could search for any word I wanted, and couldn’t think of any for a moment. Then they came in. I started off with the word contemn, which is found throughout the King James Bible.
Then on to another – how about demirep?
W00T! What does demirep mean? Well dictionary.com has a very unsatisfactory definition, so from my 1923 Nuttall’s etymological dictionary we have:
‘a woman of suspicious chastity’ (demi-reputation)
And then of course, how about obscurantist?
Haha! What is an obscurantist?
This could describe many things, people and organisations today! Just look at the government and their statutes written in legalese! Most certainly hiding knowledge from people and evading clarity. Another fascinating word!
So now – go and have fun, (Link: https://books.google.com/ngrams) and please tweet your charts to me over at @Glorious_voice – I can’t wait to see what you search for!
Lis Goodwin – your voice coach