Changing size analogies and the trends of everyday things

September 18, 2018

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When you try to describe the size of something but don’t have an exact measurement, you probably compare it to an everyday object that others can relate to. Using the Google Books Ngram dataset, Colin Morris looked for how such comparisons changed over the past few centuries.

I especially like the bits of history to explain why some words fell into and out of fashion.