Merriam-Webster Announces Its 2018 Word of the Year

Every year, Merriam-Webster Dictionary releases its "word of the year."

For 2018, the best-selling dictionary has chosen "justice" as the "word of the year". The decision comes as a result driven driven by the churning news cycle over months and months.

Merriam-Webster's editor at large, Peter Sokolowski, told The Associated Press that "justice" consistently bubbled into the top 20 or 30 lookups on the company's website, especially at times of specific events. 

"These are stories that connect to the culture and to society across races, across classes," Sokolowski said. "We get this word that filters in."

Twitter came into account to for this decision. Tweets and searches played a huge part in choosing the word "justice".

Searches for "justice" throughout the year, when compared to 2017, were up 74 percent on the site that has more than 100 million page views a month and nearly half a million entries, Sokolowski said. 

To be word of the year worthy, an entry has to show both a high volume of traffic and a significant year-over-year increase in lookups.

 
 

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