Google has a new gizmo that lets you compare how often two words have shown up among the 500 billion words contained in its database of centuries of books.
The charts track usage through the years, so "Beatles," say, gets nary a mention from 1800 on (except for some weird blip around 1900) until 1960, when the line rockets off the chart.
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!
So.....What about comparing Houston and Dallas?
We cropped out the very early, meaningless years, but the result is obvious: HOUSTON KICKS ASS.
In the category of "books," of course. If "cheesy television series" had been a category, we're sure Dallas would have done very well.
And if any Dallasites moan about how the search results include hits for Sam Houston, they should know that the results likewise would include any mentions of George Mifflin Dallas, our 11th vice president.