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16 Jun 2017

And the 2017 children's 'word of the year' is… Trump!

Trump pretty much rules global headlines. But it appears the US president is now taking over playgrounds as well.

"Trump" has been named the children's "word of the year" by the Oxford University Press.

The president name came up more often than any other in Oxford's analysis of 1.3 lakh children's stories submitted for BBC Radio 2's annual story-writing contest - '500 Words.'

In context

Is Trump unknowingly taking over children's minds?
Trump's new avatars-Boggle Trump, Snozzle Trump, Trumplestilskin and Trumpyness

Creativity

Trump's new avatars-Boggle Trump, Snozzle Trump, Trumplestilskin and Trumpyness

The fact that US President Donald Trump's name came up more than any other suggests how he has entered children's minds and imagination.

Some children have satirized Trump's statements and slogans. One child wrote a tale on space travel which boasts, "I am going to make the Moon great again!"

Others playfully created new words such as Boggle Trump, Snozzle Trump, Trumplestilskin and Trumpyness.

Details

"Fake news" and "Brexit" also commonly used by kids

The word "politics," "fake news" and "Brexit" were frequently mentioned in the children's stories, reflecting how the wave of elections have been influencing kids.

Social media platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram were also mentioned often.

The term "super" was often used, whether as "super-excited," "super-happy" and various versions of "superhero."

Thankfully, there were no traces of "bigly" and "covfefe."

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