Have we hit peak "could you not?"


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#2

Google ngrams taps out around 2008, which is a shame because I think that’s right around when we hit peak “Would you kindly” (at levels “Could you not” only dreams about)

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=would+you+kindly&year_start=1800&year_end=2008&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cwould%20you%20kindly%3B%2Cc0


#3

Meanwhile fleek has been merely resting for 200 years, girding its strength for a big surge in popularity.


#4

I’ll wait for the more elegant “kindly refrain” to become fashionable again.


#5

As long as “make no mistake” is launched into deep space to never be heard from again, I’m okay with “could you not['s]” comeback.


#6

And “the” has been slowly declining from its 6% high in the 1800s, to less than 5% over the past few decades. Definite articles just don’t get the respect they used to.


#7

Cool beans! I just n-grammed my last name, saw a (relatively) huge one year spike in 1843, did a little googling and learned about the “Disruption of 1843”, a schism in the Church [Kirk] of Scotland.


#8

What about that middle name?


#9

And apparently, “Die in a fire” should die… in a fire.


#10

I for one literally (literally literally, natch) did not know THIS. Was. A. Thing.
True story!!!1YOLO!!!

Edit: for more awesomesauce.
PS I await teh orbital nukes.
PPS What good is written language and abbrevs if not to annoy your fellow humans? Good day.


#11

Furbelow is apparently on the way out.


#12

Back in style” is so last century.


#13

I’m pretty sure we’re beyond Peak Peak Oil, but the data haven’t caught up to it yet.

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=peak+oil&year_start=1975&year_end=2010&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cpeak%20oil%3B%2Cc0


#14

Of course, in English English “could you not” is the start of a suggestion, as in “could you not take up sword juggling?”


#15

I wish this covered periodicals and (especially) blogs between 2008 and 2015. I have become convinced that we’d see a huge recent spike in “is/are not new” and “nothing new.”

Even though they’re both… er, nothing new.


#16

I can’t even.


#17

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#19

23 skidoo is on an upswing!


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