A demographic dictionary

A demographic dictionary

Lexicalist shows the people behind the words on the internet:

Lexicalist reads through millions of words of chatter on the internet to analyze how certain demographics talk and what kinds of things they talk about. We currently break this information down into three kinds of demographics: age, gender, and geography.

Its goal:

[T]o develop a dictionary that depicts, in real time, the changing demographics of English in the United States, a dictionary that supplements the fundamental meaning of a word or phrase with the current cultural backdrop that’s informing its use today.

Be sure not to miss the mapping of language in use for fast food in America, the demographics of recent news stories, and even popular TV shows. Or perhaps it can shed some light on the telephone versus the SMS people. Either way, I’m spending this week in London, where every day I struggle to find the right words to have a proper coffee.