“Justice” was on people’s hearts, minds, and search histories this year. The word was named Merriam-Webster’s "Word of the Year" for 2018 after being consulted by users 74 percent more than in 2017.
With definitions carrying technical, legal, lofty and philosophical meanings, the word “justice” permeated the national discussion in 2018.
Merriam-Webster wrote in a tweet announcing the selection of the word:
We saw spikes on our 2018 #WordOfTheYear in relation to several high-profile investigations, as well as topics such as criminal justice reform, social justice, and the obstruction of justice. https://t.co/yuWRZMvbaP— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) December 18, 2018
While justice may be Merriam-Webster’s top word this year, for many Christians, the word's selection signals a continued commitment to the fight for the marginalized — with the hope of bringing everyone into full belovedness.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America tweeted their support for the selection:
Justice has been on our minds as well! We reflect on the #WordOfTheYear with a quote from the @ELCA Social Statement on Church and Community:— ELCA Advocacy (@ELCAadvocacy) December 17, 2018
"In witnessing to Jesus Christ, the Church announces that the God who justifies
expects all people to do justice" https://t.co/QBFBY4Gqug https://t.co/H093Foa5Sq
Read the full list of Merriam-Webster’s top words of 2018 here.