“That they will spend $60,000 a year to send their son to Duke and then they will will turn on the TV and see him half-naked with his face painted blue, contorted, screaming at some poor guy from Wake Forest or Clemson shooting a free throw.”
— Frank Deford, describing “American parents’ worst nightmare” on NPR’s “Morning Edition”
It’s been a while since I last dumped a batch of North Caroliniana into the Google Books Ngram Viewer, that instantaneous measure of phrase frequency over the decades.
Caveat e-lector: This is data at its rawest — conclusions should be jumped to for entertainment purposes only.
— Duke lacrosse vs. Duke football and Duke basketball
— Grandfather Mountain vs. Cold Mountain
— Oprah Winfrey vs. Michael Jordan and Colin Powell
— Charlotte North Carolina vs. Raleigh North Carolina
— Southern fried chicken vs. Buffalo wings and Chicken McNuggets