steepholm (steepholm) wrote,
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Another use for the Ngram Thingy

Just over a year ago I was wondering how to date the shift in common usage from "Great War" to "First World War". Now, thanks to the Ngram Viewer, all is clear:

Do Wars Change their Names When They Get Married?

The answer is, of course, exactly what you'd expect, but it's good to have it confirmed. My impression that "Great War" is making a modest comeback also seems to be correct.
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