Why ‘Justice’ was Crowned Word of 2018

The word of the year is here. ‘Justice’ was among the most-consulted words on Merriam-Webster’s website. Do you think this sounds about right?

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Last year, the company noticed a 74% spike in lookups compared with 2017, and they knew that it was the noun of the year.

Merriam-Webster noted that, “The concept of justice was at the center of many of our national debates in the past year: racial justice, social justice, criminal justice, economic justice.” The company also stressed the relevance of the noun in relation to all of those different topics in any conversation.

It was one of the most-consulted words on their website throughout the year. And in the wake of numerous news stories, the company noticed, “jumps in search.”

Similarly, “toxic” was chosen by Oxford Dictionary as its word of the year, and “misinformation” as its winner from Dictionary.com. As for last year, the Word of the Year for 2017 was “feminism.”

Furthermore, Merriam-Webster also revealed 10 more standout words throughout the year, noting the jumps in interest.

The term, “nationalism” saw an 8,000% spike in look-ups following Trump’s controversial description of himself as a nationalist in Houston back in October, according to CNN.

Rolling Stone’s interview in April with Janelle Monáe gave rise to the word, “pansexual,” which the singer self-identified as. A rarely used term, “Lodestar,” sprouted interest after some commentators were sure that Vice President Mike Pence was in fact the anonymous writer of an explosive New York Times opinion piece.

“Laurel,” and “respect,” were also words that rose to the top in look-ups on the website.

Indeed, there’s nothing strange about a political term being the winner of the year. In the past decade however, “socialism,” “austerity” and “bailout” have all been crowned by the company.

According to Merriam-Webster’s website, ‘Justice’ was the most looked up words of the year. Does this make sense? Read this story more in depth on CNN here.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

The word of the year is here. ‘Justice’ was among the most-consulted words on Merriam-Webster’s website. Do you think this sounds about right?

61% It sure does
39% No, not to me
59% It sure does
41% No, not to me
65% It sure does
35% No, not to me

It sure does

No, not to me

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