CHILDREN’S WORD OF THE YEAR
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 15th June 2018
THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
Children’s word of the year revealed
“Plastic” has been declared children’s word of the year after analysis of the stories submitted by five to thirteen year-olds in a writing competition.
Oxford University Press examined the words used in stories sent to BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show’s 500 Words contest.
‘Plastic’ appeared 3,359 times in the 134,790 stories submitted – up 100% from last year.
Unicorns, slime and the computer game Fortnite were among the other subjects that influenced children’s language.
David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II programme is credited with influencing children’s writing, with titles such as The Plastic Shore and The Evil Mr Plastic, being sent in.
The use of the terms recycle and recycling also increased, along with packaging, pollution, plastic bottle, plastic bag, and plastic waste.
Vineeta Gupta, head of children’s dictionaries at Oxford University Press, said: “Children have shown they are acutely aware of the impact plastic has on our environment and how it will affect their own future.”
The use of the word “game” increased by 66% in the 2018 competition, up from 17,000 to 30,000 mentions.
Gaming-related words such as console and noob – an inexperienced player – also increased.
Boys aged five to nine were said to engage most with the vocabulary of gaming.
The computer game Fortnite has influenced children’s use of language, the OUP said
Mentions of gaming as an addiction and adults who cannot stop using social media also appeared in stories.
The use of the word “Brexit” increased, but was mainly mentioned as an item on the news or as a boring topic of conversation.
Other popular words:
Trump was the children’s word of the year in 2017. The US President remains the number one real life figure mentioned in stories, ahead of his nearest rival, the footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.
‘Milkshake duck’ wins Australia word prize
In addition “milkshake duck” is the Australian Word of the year.
The racist milkshake drinking duck which has come to define a particular thread of the internet’s collective fickleness was announced as the Macquarie Dictionary’s word of the year for 2017 on Monday.
Coined on Twitter by @pixelatedboat in June 2016, the term quickly became short-hand for the internet’s habit of rushing to seize on the latest cultural zeitgeist before rejecting it just as enthusiastically when it is revealed to be somehow problematic.
Per Macquarie, it is defined as “a person who is initially viewed positively by the media but is then discovered to have something questionable about them which causes a sharp decline in their popularity”.
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Don’t worry about those who talk behind your back. They are behind you for a reason
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
The future, the present and the past walked into a bar. Things got a little tense.
Love is…enjoying life together in the slow lane
TRACK OF THE DAY
Yesterday Has Gone – Cupid’s Inspiration
Highest Chart Position: No.4 19th July 1968 (yes 50 years ago)
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