Google Books Ngram Viewer

Graph these comma-separated phrases:
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between and from the corpus with smoothing of .  
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1800 - 1827 1828 - 1995 1996 - 1997 1998 - 1999 2000 gay man English
1800 - 1819 1820 - 1853 1854 - 1866 1867 - 1967 1968 - 2000 cheerful man English
1800 - 1938 1939 - 1988 1989 - 1990 1991 - 1996 1997 - 2000 homosexual man English

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