Advisor or Adviser

A data-journey for one word that goes both ways

Philip Shemella
Feb 27, 2014 · 10 min read
According to quantum physics, a card perfectly balanced on its edge will by symmetry fall down in both directions at once.Max Tegmark and John Archibald Wheeler

Is it spelled Advisor? Or is it Adviser? Or is it both?

Let’s take a data-journey for one word with two spellings.

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Historically, there have been more advisers than advisors. That says nothing about the quality of the advice. (source: Google Books N-gram Viewer)
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Fewer advisors in the UK (link).

But wait, there’s more!

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But with deplorable comma usage
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So what?

advisor is a title, and adviser is anyone else who advises and is not already an advisor.

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Capitalized Advisor/Adviser starting a sentence does not influence this result, see here.

So, how does 2014 tech society handle ambiguity?

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Wikipedia page views per calendar week, for Advisor (blue) and Adviser (red).
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(link)
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Click here for the interactive version.
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Et tu, Goo-gle?

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Welcome to my cozy little filter bubble.
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The interactive visualization is available here.

Where do we go from here?

adviser, 70 times, in 57 emails

advisor, 48 times, in 40 emails

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Appendix 1.

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More popular by a factor of Zwei.
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Less popular, although what comes after must surely matter.
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link
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Appendix 2.

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Code section.

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