On December 21st, agent Nathan Bransford blogged about an interesting online gizmo called the ngram. This Google tool can help you see how popular a person, book or slang term has been over a period of years.
This particular search tool will take your search terms and look through millions of books published in the last 200 years and then graph how often these terms have been used and when. You can check which of two or three things is most popular, when in time a certain name peaked and more.
I’m not 100% certain how I’ll use this, but I’ve been having fun checking my first name vs my middle name, favorite characters, favorite authors and more.
Special thanks to agent Nathan Bransford for bringing this nifty tool to my attention.