Sunday, January 9, 2011

Work vs Fun

I love playing with data.
Just give me lots of data and a plotter tool and I wouldn't bother you for days :)
Yesterday I Stumbled on Google ngram viewer and presto! I was like a kid with a new paint kit.
This tool plots the occurrence of words/phrases in books over years. Played with it for hours seeing various trends of word usage.
One particular graph was very interesting :  Occurrence of words "work" and "fun"
Here it  is:

The occurrence of word "fun" almost died out around the beginning of the 19th century! Those my friend are the years of industrial revolutions. Does that mean people stopped thinking about fun after industrial revolution ..... me wonders!?