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'Justice' is Merriam-Webster's word of the year after spike in searches

It also consistently bubbled up in the rankings from somewhere in the top hundreds of searches into the top 20 or 30 through 2018

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has chosen "justice" as its 2018

at large said ahead of Monday's announcement the word experienced specific spikes in lookups on the company's website for much of the year.

It also consistently bubbled up in the rankings from somewhere in the top hundreds of searches into the top 20 or 30 through 2018.

Merriam-Webster's follows the Oxford Dictionaries choice of "toxic" and Dictionary.com's pick of "misinformation."

Among Merriam-Webster's runners-up are "maverick," which spiked after the death of Sen John McCain, and "respect," which did the same following Aretha Franklin's passing.

First Published: Mon, December 17 2018. 10:05 IST
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