Merriam-Webster’s 2018 Word of the Year Is ‘Justice’; Christians May Have Given It a Boost

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Justice is blind. Justice is served. Justice is, according to Martin Luther King Jr., where the arc of the moral universe bends toward. It is also Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2018.

Merriam-Webster released an announcement on Monday stating that “Justice” was the most looked-up word in 2018 on their website, having seen a 74 percent increase compared to 2017.

“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,” stated the dictionary company.

“In any conversation about these topics, the question of just what exactly we mean when we use the term justice is relevant, and part of the discussion.”

Merriam-Webster concluded that news events like attorney Robert Mueller’s investigation and the heated debate over the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh were contributing factors.

Justice has varied meanings that do a lot of work in the language—meanings that range from the technical and legal to the lofty and philosophical. For many reasons and for many meanings, one thing’s for sure: justice has been on the minds of many people in 2018,” continued Merriam-Webster.

Other heavily searched entries on the dictionary website included “Nationalism,” “Pansexual,” “Lodestar,” “Epiphany,” “Feckless,” “Laurel,” “Pissant,” “Respect,” “Maverick,” and “Excelsior.”

“Stan Lee’s motto and salutation excelsior spiked following his death in November. He used the word to conclude each of the monthly columns he wrote for Marvel Comics,” noted the dictionary site.

Justice has been a word found in the center of major debates and discussion points among evangelical Christians during 2018, and the social justice debate was #9 on The Christian Post’s top 10 stories of 2018.

In August, influential California Pastor John MacArthur criticized what he called evangelicals’ “newfound obsession with the notion of ‘social justice'” in a series of blog posts. That was followed by a statement signed by other evangelical leaders.

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Source: Christian Post