Google Search Face-Off: Fracking v. Frac’ing


Is it “fracking” or “frac’ing”? As Grace Hood reports for KUNC and Inside Energy, it depends on who you ask.

If you ask people who search on Google, “fracking” dominates. This chart from Google Trends shows the relative popularity of “fracking” and “frac’ing” as search terms:

You’re looking at “how many searches have been done for a particular term, relative to the total number of searches done on Google over time.”

When it comes to Google searches, it’s “fracking” not “frac’ing.” And it’s a topic that the internet masses are searching for more and more over time.

Read more: “No Matter How You Spell It, Fracking Stirs Controversy,” from NPR Morning Edition