This week, a compilation of the all the Words of Labor, of Sale, of Capital, and of Perfidy.
For those just joining, these memeograms plot the year in which various words and phrases “peaked” in frequency in the database of all books scanned and stored by GoogleBooks. The last few weeks have been devoted to ‘words of the workplace’.
Third in my series of Monday morning memeograms. This week, the captains of industry prevail and king Capitalism is the theme. As memeograms, capitalism is a little boring, so I’m also including a peek at its dark underbelly.
I’m now going to have to find a way to re-insert bunco  into my working vocabulary. The proliferation of flavors of white collar crime in recent years is particularly interesting.
Second in my series of “work-themed” Monday morning memeograms.
Last week’s theme was blue collar, this week, the focus is white collar [black font] and management [brown font]. My primary take-home here is: work has gotten a heck of a lot more complicated over time.
There are some great little nostalgic nuggets: Christmas bonus peaking in 1946 (how retro…), Madison Avenue  (pour me a Martini, Don Draper), Japanese industry  (lifetime corporate loyalty, now that’s quaint), Read more
The red-shaded terms are intended to capture “blue collar” themes from a worker perspective; grey to capture production through an industry perspective. Orange captures the disappearance of artisans/craftsmen.
Some of my favorites include vicious circle, peaking in 1969, and rat race  (“tune out, man!”), and coffee break  Read more
Google Books has given the gift of public Ngrams for the holidays, and it has inspired me to officially design a new visualization, and coin a new term: the memeogram. Since Google itself only returns 16 results in a search for “memeogram”, I’m pretty confident that this word does not yet exist, and I get squatters’ rights as of 29 December 2010.
- Memeogram (meem-ey-oh-gram) [n]: A graph composed of plotting the peak frequency vs time of peak frequency for keywords / ngrams / memes, with markers comprised of the words themselves.
- Plain english: These graphs show the year at which individual words or phrases “peaked” in popularity (frequency of occurrence) in the database of all books scanned at GoogleBooks.
In the spirit of New Years resolutions, I have composed memeograms of several hundred “positive and aspirational” English words, broken out roughly categorically below. Enjoy! Read more
OK, I have to jump on the bandwagon and add some Google Ngram search results of books through time.
Battle of the Planets (remember BOTP?):
Heliocentrism does seem to have been a passing fad; from the mid-1970′s on, Earth has risen ascendant as our gaze turned inwards vs outwards. (Once I figure out how to decode the raw ngram data, I’ll plot and add “Earth” vs “Everything else in the solar system”). Read more