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  • Nice summary, Stan, and I love the color/colour Ngram: a very graphic illustration of the power of a dictionary to influence language, the likes of which we will never see again (and I agree with you that Mr. Webster’s work was the cause of it).

  • Once again, those who no longer value physical face-to-face interaction with other humans, but prefer to text. An interesting territory, where, lazy spelling has led to lazy speech. What need of meaningful thought given in well spoken conversation? Just saying.

  • Thanks, Orin. The effect Webster’s dictionary had is striking – and, as you say, not to be repeated, at least as far as English is concerned.

    Zena: I’m afraid I don’t know what you mean. There’s no reference to texting or suggestion of “lazy spelling” in the article. Could you clarify, or give examples?

  • Hi. I love the new features, especially being able to compare British and English corpora. But we seem to have lost the ability to right click and save the graph as an image, which made it really easy to use on blogs, etc. Or am I missing something? I haven’t been able to find any information about this anywhere. Do you happen to know if there is any way round this (other than screen-printing and cropping)?

  • Hi, Will. I’ve always used a separate screengrab program for this (one that doesn’t require cropping), so I didn’t know the right-click-and-save option had been removed. Maybe a reader can help us out on this.