As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I had the idea of using Google to check the popularity of words and expressions. I originally intended it as a spelling or grammar checker, but it occurred to me that there are quite a few other possible uses.

The implementation is now online and available at I’m not sure whether I’m in violation of Google’s terms of service or not; if I am then I suppose that they’ll ask me to stop! For the meantime, however, it’s interesting and useful.

As an example, try these queries: