UPDATED 1:30 PM EST | FEB 16, 2017

How The Internet* Talks

*Well, the mostly young and mostly male users of Reddit, anyway.

Not tracked:

Since the launch of Reddit — the online link-sharing and commenting platform — in June 2005, the site has become the seventh-most-visited in the U.S., and its users have posted billions of comments. Those comments are filled with abbreviations, internet memes and slang, much like the rest of the web, and collectively they form a trove of data about how people use language online. (Some people, at least: As of the end of 2015, the site’s visitors were mostly 35 or younger, and about 80 percent are male, according to Google Display Planner’s inferred demographics. So Reddit is not representative of the internet as a whole.)

To get a sense of the language used on Reddit, we parsed every comment from late 2007 through the end of December 2016 and built the tool above, which enables you to search for a word or phrase to see how its popularity has changed over time.

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