08 November 2011

How to Search a Corpus

Yeah, I took a double take too. But it's not Halloween.

It is, however, the Word Nerds. And I'm pretty sure that the by-laws demand that self-proclaimed nerds of words should know how to search a corpus.

Or what a corpus is.

Thank goodness for Grammar Girl's recent podcast on this very subject.

It's like the universe recognized my need before I could even articulate it.

A corpus is a database of writing and Google has one called Ngram. Thanks to Grammar Girl, I'm going to have fun pretending to be smart this weekend and figuring out some cool word facts.

Any guesses as to the first word I type? Post it in the comments!

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