Internet Find of the Week
News for the Week of October 22, 2012
History of Words
The Google Library Project began in 2004. As of March 2012, Google reported it had scanned some 20 million books. Just in case you're curious, Google's Elphel camera can scan 1,000 pages per hour. Impressive.
So, what does this have to do with the history of words? The 20 million books that Google has scanned are all books that are out of print and in the public domain. Think back to Mr. Bowtie, and you will remember how old that makes these books. These books date back to the 1500's.
With all these books digitized, Google created the Google Ngram Viewer which allows you to research the usage of a words over time.