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El Organillero

Maybe a decline in mentions of people having a fall is a correlate of a general decrease in icy conditions caused by rising global temperatures.

You can use "fell over" for numerous situations where "had a fall" wouldn't work, eg "fall over oneself", "fall over backwards". More research is required!

Peter Harvey

I agree that the Ngram is not precise but I can't see how to improve it. At least, I don't have the resources for the research. The decline in had a fall is interesting and unexpected.

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