Monday 4 December 2023

Jaw dropping

According to the media, there has been an enormous increase in jaw dropping over recent decades. Google Ngram Viewer shows how steep the increase has been since about 1990. It began to take off towards the jaw dropping heights we see today round about the year 2000. 

The rise in jaw dropping seems to be correlated with the rise of digital media, or maybe it has something to do with climate change. Whatever the explanation, there are hints that the trend has peaked so presumably some other expression will take its place. 

Can't wait.



Sam Vega said...

Somebody's cheek can be literally jaw-dropping.

A K Haart said...

Sam - some car drivers seem to suffer from jaw-dropping by the way they drive with their mouths open.

Bucko said...

That jaw-dropping graph seems to correspond with the decline in popularity of Gobstoppers

A K Haart said...

Bucko - aha - that's it. The decline in popularity has resulted in an epidemic of weak jaws.