Statistics Saturday: It Turns Out A Major Generational Shift Is Yet To Quite Come.


Huh.

(Looks again.)

Huh.

(Goes outside, breathes the fresh air some. Comes back in and looks again to see what it looks like.)

Huh

(Rubs his head, walks over to see if there’s some engagingly crazypants movie on Turner Classic Movies. And then comes right back to see this all again.)

Really would have expected these lines to have crossed again years ago, you know? Anyway. Huh, I say, and I stand by that.

'Hipster' has roughly doubled its presence in published books from 1980, a steady logistical-curve-type growth. 'Yuppie' started from about zero in 1980, rose to a great peak around 1993, and has declined exponential-decay-style since then. But is still appreciably above 'hipster' as of the 2008 data.
From the Google Books N-Gram Viewer and not something I just made up. Also, really, didn’t the last person you ever heard say ‘yuppie’ say it in 1992 at the latest? Even granting it takes time to write books and longer to publish them and all that’s all pretty weird.

Reference: Safer C: Developing Software for High-Integrity and Safety-Critical Systems. Les Hatton.

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