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Ngram Search: “Calligrapher”

Calligraphy: Fancy penmanship, especially highly decorative handwriting, as with a great many flourishes [link]. But how do you call a person who practices the art of Calligraphy? I started Ngram-ing again (note that the first graph is not smoothed while the other two are).


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Source: Google Ngram Viewer [link]


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Source: Google Ngram Viewer [link]


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Source: Google Ngram Viewer [link]

So after much search and replace, my Victim #14 serial killer is The Calligrapher *accomplished sigh* (This all started, by the way, because I keep typing “Caligrapher” instead of “Calligrapher” and my spell check did not like any of them, thus the LL/L search. Then I came across “Calligraphist” and banged my head against a wall, did a search/replace, then undid it and now I am happy.

Yes, this post was completely pointless. You may go complain in the comments for wasting your time.

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“Serial Killer” Ngram Search

I was doublechecking some information offered by the book I am reading (Malicious Intent: A Writer’s Guide to How Murderers, Robbers, Rapists and Other Criminals Think), and went to play in Google Ngrams. The results were interesting. The little bump in “serial killer” just before 1900 might be related to 1888, when Jack the Ripper was roaming the streets of London, and the first big peak of “mass murder” seems to be around the World War II and its aftermath. 1980 brought the boom of the serial killer book, both in fiction and true-crime literature.


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Source: Google Ngram Viewer [link]


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Source: Google Ngram Viewer [link]

I hope to add up to that not-so-little fiction pile sometime ^^