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AKIPRESS.COM - Merriam-Webster has chosen "justice" as its 2018 word of the year, with searches for the term on its online dictionary driven by the churning news cycle over many months, AP reports.
The word follows "toxic", picked by Oxford Dictionaries, and "misinformation", selected by Dictonary.com.
Searches for “justice” are up nearly 75 percent this year over last year, on a website that garners more than 100 million page views a month and offers definitions for nearly a half-million words, editor-at-large Peter Sokolowski told the Associated Press.
To be considered for word of the year, an entry has to spark both a high volume of online traffic and a significant year-over-year increase in lookups, he said.
Usages that were common during 2018 included “racial justice,” “obstruction of justice,” “social justice,” and “Justice Department,” Sokolowski told the AP.
Other words that saw increases in lookups this year include "maverick" (after Sen. John McCain died); "respect" (after Aretha Franklin died); "Excelsior" (after comic book creator Stan Lee died); and "nationalism" (after President Trump declared himself a nationalist).
In 2017, Merriam-Webster's word of the year was "feminism".