“Plastic” has been declared the children’s word of 2018.
The decision was made by the BBC and The Oxford University Press. They analysed short stories submitted to BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words competition.
Plastic, the ocean, Emmeline Pankhurst, Donald Trump, Brexit, Korea, Grenfell Tower, unicorns, slime and computer game Fortnite were some of the words in the final
The panel said that ‘plastic’ was chosen because of its significant increase in use in the competition (a total rise of more than 100 per cent on the 2017 competition).
They also said that “children use plastic in their stories in an emotive way to convey their understanding of the damage pollution is causing to marine life, drawing on their creativity and imagination to deliver powerful descriptive imagery in stories, with titles such as The Plastic Shore, The Mermaid’s Plastic Mission and The Evil Mr Plastic”.