Friday, December 24, 2010

Bulldogs vs Gators

In my final Google Ngram contest, at least for 2010, we pit Bulldog against Gator to see which hallowed word received the most book mentions from 1800 to 2000.  The winner?  See below.  Blue is Bulldog, red is Gator.

Yeah, fine, Bulldog kicks Gator butt (do gators have butts?) What if we use the plural?  Ya know, Bulldogs vs. Gators? That hits a little closer to the mark, at least in nickname comparisons between UGA and UF.  See below.

Much closer and, indeed, Gators begin to pass the Bulldogs for a while in book mentions, though of late they are quite close.  The funny thing is, if you look specifically at the two terms, on Gators the top Google hits are about the football team while the top Google hits for Bulldogs is, um, the dog, as in Bulldogs for DummiesSigh.

What does this have to do with the media and political knowledge?  Absolutely nothing.  Merely entertaining myself -- and probably only myself.

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