Here’s a site that charts the frequency with which different words are used on your favorite TV shows, like The Wire. I made some to get us started!
- The Wire became less about “the wire” as the seasons progressed.
- The people writing the closed captions gradually increased their use of “nigga” rather than “nigger” over time.*
- Omar was always more popular than god.
*As I always remind you, things like this are based on the words in the closed caption subtitles built into the show/DVDs. You might be hearing “nigga” all the time, but the caption writers didn’t write it that way.
Also: The frequency is calculated over a full season, so really there are only 5 measured points in the charts.