Google adds new etymology & history details for definitions

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on August 29, 2013

Via a Googler: “When searching for a definition on Google Search on google.com on desktop and mobile, look for new details for etymology and history. For example, if you search for [define suffrage], you’ll learn that the word originates from both Latin and French (you can also search directly for [suffrage etymology]). Below “Origin,” see the history of the word’s use over time. In this case, “suffrage” reached its peak usage in the 1910s as a result of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States. This information is powered by the Google Books Ngram Viewer, a tool that shows the frequency of words in books. Click on the graph, and you’ll be taken to the Ngram Viewer so you can drill deeper into the data.”

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