Scale is based on the average worldwide traffic of train in all years. car or auto 3.82 train 1.00 ship or boat 0.46 bicycle 0.20 airplane or aeroplane 0.14
Today, a mode of transportation popularity contest! Automobile is king, as expected. Airplanes come in last, something I hadn't expected. Instead, trains are quite popular. Note that, as usual for Google Trends, the bottom section tracking news stories shows only the "simple words," not the ones with variants—or compounds spelled with more than one word, for that matter. Let's hope they enable that in the future.
I think I'll drop the list of news stories from now on. I don't think they added much. However, I'm trying something new today: combining the words with a few type countries. Google Trends uses IP address information from server logs to make a best guess about where queries originated.
Scale is based on the average traffic of train from United States in all years. car | auto 8.50 train 1.00 ship | boat 1.40 bicycle 0.40 airplane | aeroplane 0.30
In the US, cars are even more dominant and for some reason ships overtake trains while airplanes do marginally better too.
Scale is based on the average traffic of train from France in all years. car | auto 3.64 train 1.00 ship | boat 0.14 bicycle 0.02 airplane | aeroplane 0.02
In France, cars lose some of their luster and trains are a clear second.
Scale is based on the average traffic of car | auto from Egypt in all years. car | auto 1.00 train 0.02 ship | boat 0.06 bicycle 0 airplane | aeroplane 0
The big difference in Egypt is the lack of interest in bicycles and airplanes. The car is again first though, followed at a distance by ships.
Scale is based on the average traffic of car | auto from China in all years. car | auto 1.00 train 0.15 ship | boat 0.16 bicycle 0.02 airplane | aeroplane 0.01
Last but not least: China. Compared with Egypt, trains and ships are both a little bit more popular.
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