There's a few semi-frequent commentators on the Gawker network who are fantastic reminders that the Information Age has failed and that people are going to continue to be willfully dumb* in spite of having access to more facts than any other time in history. Yesterday, one of them left a comment (which, thankfully, is greyed out) which contained this large order of word salad:
The whole reason that the warmingscam people changed to "Climate Change" was to gain a newspeak redefinition that confuses the non-science people since everyone accepts Earth has no stable climate and Earth's climate changes radically. By tieing Warmism backward into climate change, they used a classic sophist word trick- redefine your losing argument by renaming it into something less definable . It is a sophist bonus point if like 'climate change' ,you can redefine to something no one argues against and thus use the sophist transitive property to make a falsity "true" by changing the name.

It seems like the commentator is promoting science by making a hypothesis: conversations about anthropogenic global warming started using "global warming" less and "climate change" more, apparently as a word trick.

This word salad, of course, ignores the facts:
1) global warming is a form of climate change; the latter is a climatic trend, the former is the directionality of it
2) scientists have been using both terms, accurately, for basically forever

But whatever. I was wondering if there was a quick way to determine if this hypothesis could be correct. This article reminded me of the existence of Google Ngram, and Ngram gives us this result:



So unless the commentator is claiming that the "warmingscam people" started using "climate change" preferably in 1994, the hypothesis is refuted: climate change and global warming have both been used in books at essentially the same rates for the past two decades.

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Bonus Google Ngram chart related to the claim that "they used to say that global cooling was going to happen":



Bonus Google Ngram chart exploring the usage of anthropogenic climate change and global warming and natural climate change and global warming in books published in English:


"Anthropogenic climate change" been used more often then "anthropogenic global warming" or "man-made global warming" since 1990. That's when the warmingscam people made the change in terminology! Those dastards!

*Of course there is the possibility that said commentators are not willfully dumb but are merely playing the part of dumb in order to troll. Based on what kinds of things I have read online about climate (including the claim that carbon dioxide isn't a greenhouse gas [!!!]), I don't think this is true.

Edited to add: Skeptical Science did a probably better post about this (also using a google book search) then I did which I did not notice until after I had written the post. FML