This has been around for a while, but I thought that for today’s blog post I would have a bit of fun with Google NGrams. For those of you who dont know what it is, Google Books have scanned millions of books dating back a long way and you can look at changes in word usage over time using Google NGrams.
Observe vs Experiment (click on the images to see them full size):
Sex vs Drugs vs Rock vs Roll
War vs Peace (both World Wars clearly visible)
Charles Darwin vs Alfred Russel Wallace
Nikola Tesla vs Thomas Edison