The Term Freemasonry in Books Since 1800

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by A7V, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. A7V

    A7V Registered User

    I was playing with Google's Ngram Viewer today and decided to see how the word Freemasonry fared in English writing since 1800.

    For those that are not familiar with the Ngram Viewer it is really simple and here is the gist from google:

    Here are the results


    It seems the height of the word Freemasonry was around 1830-1840 and the low point was the late 1970's and early 1980's.

    What is most interesting is that we appear to be in an upswing, the downside of Ngram is that it doesn't tell you in what light the word was being used, so the upswing we are seeing now may be anti-masonic literature, and the high point in the 1830's may have also been anti-masonic in nature.

    If you want to play around with Ngram viewer you can find it here: Google Ngram Viewer
  2. BryanMaloney

    BryanMaloney Premium Member

    Try the following combinations of phrases (each as a separate search):

    York Rite,Scottish Rite
    Hiram Abif
    the widow's son
    Great Architect of the Universe
    Stated Meeting

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