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Children's word of the year

Children's word of the year

"Plastic" has been declared children's word of the year after analysis of the stories submitted by five to 13-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.

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