Merry Christmas or Happy New Year?

A fun graph of the competition between the phrases “Merry Christmas” and “Happy New Year” (at least in published books that have been incorporated into Google Books) courtesy of Google’s Ngram viewer. More on this enlightening tool to come, inspired by Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture.

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y-axis: of all the bigrams (2-word phrases) contained in Google’s sample of books [written in English and published in the United States], what percentage of them are “Merry Christmas”? Of all the trigrams (3-word phrases), what percentage of them are “Happy New Year”?
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