5. Slang / metaphor
Map out the history of 10-15 slang words/phrases in a particular semantic
field or with a particular metaphor (e.g. "going broke" or "falling in love")
Please do the following:
If possible, work mainly from the lists in one of the
following three books (but then supplemented with other phrases
you can think of, if you want)
Can use either COHA or Google Books (although the
sample project uses both). If it's really low
frequency for a given phrase, please use Google Books.
Give frequency (and link) for COCA as well.
Show which phrases are the most common overall (choose COHA
or Google Books, and then put them in order of frequency)
Show when each word or phrase came into the language
Show when the phrase acquired figurative meaning, if it went
from literal to figurative