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 - 1862 1863 - 1935 1936 - 1947 1948 - 1989 1990 - 2000 raining cats and dogs English
1800 - 1915 1916 - 1922 1923 1924 - 1976 1977 - 1996 raining dogs and cats English

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