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    Pick, pickaxe or pickax

    Hi,

    Which one is more common?

    Pick, pickaxe or pickax

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    Re: Pick, pickaxe or pickax

    Click here.

    Bookmark the site for future reference.

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    #3

    Re: Pick, pickaxe or pickax

    How to understand the graph?

    Does it mean "pick" is the most common?

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    #4

    Re: Pick, pickaxe or pickax

    Yes — by a long way.

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    #5

    Re: Pick, pickaxe or pickax

    You need to specify that you're looking for pick as a noun. It's still way more popular but only by one order of magnitude -- and that assume's the n-gram viewer got the part of speech right.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 14-Apr-2016 at 18:56.
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    #6

    Re: Pick, pickaxe or pickax

    And we have no way of knowing which meaning(s) of the noun the Nram is recording.

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    Re: Pick, pickaxe or pickax

    The n-gram viewer is a terrific tool but it can't answer every question.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Pick, pickaxe or pickax

    If it did, we'd be out of a job.

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