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Popularity of Military Terms

I decided to look up military branches on Ngram to determine if increased use of the terms correlate with war in the United States and if a certain branch was more popular during which war. I did this by tracking “army”, “navy”, “marines”, “air force”, and “military” in American English only.


It is obvious that the army is by far the most discussed branch. “Military” follows closely behind “army” and eventually passes “army” to become the most common term among the five in modern language. In the distance is the navy and then (once invented) the air force. Most people seem to use “military” as a general term to describe all the branches which explains why it has grown in popularity over the past 40 years. Also, “army” could be the most popular term for so long because it was the most common used military branch in the past due to the lack of advanced technology.

Also, the spikes in the term usage correlate with wars in America. The huge peak in 1776 was when the United States gained their independence, which also explains the peak in the navy because of the magnitude of overseas warfare. The peak in 1812-1816 correlates with the War of 1812. There was little to no peak in “navy” in 1865, though there was a peak in the other terms because of the Civil War’s lack of necessity for a navy. The peak in 1918 associates with World War I while in 1944 World War II was in full swing. There are some peaks that are more difficult to find correlations for. This could be because there were wars abroad that made people think of the military more. Since the terms all peaked during wars, it seems as if people were extremely preoccupied with the war and that the topic dominated conversations.

The Gears of War Keep Turning

The first thing my eyes are drawn to in this image in the running man in the center of the picture. From his body language, I can tell that he is in pain and afraid of what he is running from. Next, my eyes look to see what is behind him and I see fire, destruction, and tiny soldiers in the background. This African savannah, a place with primarily wildlife and peaceful settlements, is ravaged by battle.

At first glance, it is easy to understand that this is an image of war or genocide, and the conveyor belt aspect of the landscape shows that war is never ending. This picture is meant to evoke empathy from the person looking at it. The color of the background seems to represent haze, dust, and smoke which usually come from explosions. It is dull and leaves me with a feeling of sadness and pain as opposed to what a brighter color would do.

The symbol and motto in the bottom right corner show that this image belongs to a charity against war, armed conflict, and probably more specifically, genocide. Though, I haven’t heard about this specific charity before, it give the image more authority. The audience for this picture is anyone that can do anything to help the charity or to anyone who can do as little as donate. I would assume that this picture could be used as an advertisement that could be seen somewhere like a mall. All in all, this image does a sufficient job using emotion and surrealism to paint a picture that sends a very relevant message to our world today.