An Analysis of UK Parliamentary Language: 1935-2010

Posted on May 20th, 2010 by Dan

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Graph of parliamentary jargon use from 1940s to 2010

Modern jargon terms: "stakeholder", "waste", "sustainability" and "innovation".

Graph of Parliamentary Word Usage for: Public, Important

Recently, everything is "important".

Graph of Parliamentary Word Usage for: Country, Future, Forward

The re-birth of our "country", as we look "forward" to the "future".

Graph of Parliamentary Word Usage for: British, Community

Perhaps because of negative historical connotations, are we now a "community" rather than "British"?

Graph of Parliamentary Word Usage for: Health, Tax, Police

"Tax" has always been an issue; "police" and "health" are now big talking points.

Graph of Parliamentary Word Usage for: War, Industry

Recent peaks for "war". Margaret Thatcher's term saw the initial decline of "industry".

Graph of Parliamentary Word Usage for: Hope, Change

We have less "hope" and want more "change".

Graph of Parliamentary Word Usage for: Men, Women

After decades (millennia?) of inequality, "women" are now discussed more than "men".

Graph of Parliamentary Word Usage for: Friends, Family

"Family" is more important than "friends"; politicians pay "tribute" more than ever before.