Monday, April 20, 2015

The old trope

It may be that I've only started to notice, but it seems the words 'trope' is popping up everywhere. It's the 'trope trope'.

Below is a chart using Google's cool ngram tool, which delves into the legion of digitised, printed literature and plots the occurrence of user-selected words (to make year-on-year comparisons fair, ngram normalises the findings for the number of publications).The word 'cliche' put up a good fight to 'trope' and withstood the upstart's rise in the 1990s, but 'all good things must come to an end'.

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