Google Books Ngram Viewer

Ngram allows you to enter phrases and in return it will generate a graph showing the how those phrases have appeared based on the corpus of millions of books that Google has thus far scanned. In the article, Zimmer says that Google’s site “…allows anyone to plumb the history of language patterns in the corpus.”  It is easy to use and available to everyone who can connect to the internet.

A post on describes Ngram as fun and useful for all of us who are fascinated by English language usage and instructive to see how language usage reflects our understandings and beliefs about our society, our history, and our times.

Ngram can be used by teachers, as a tool to inform us of the actual usage frequency of structures, words, and topics we include in our classrooms and materials.