Hashtag is ‘children’s word of year’
By David Sillito
28 May 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
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Hashtag has been declared “children’s word of the year” by the Oxford University Press.
OUP analysed more than 120,421 short stories by children aged between five and 13 years old, submitted to the BBC’s 500 Words competition.
According to the OUP, new technology is increasingly at the centre of the children’s lives but how they are writing about it is changing fast.
Words including email, mobile and Facebook are in decline, it said.
They are being replaced by the likes of Instagram, Snapchat and emoji.
Cinderella was a popular character in this year’s entries
And the word television has now been superseded by phone.
The report also notes a sudden new arrival in children’s sentences. The use of the hashtag symbol # to add an extra meaning or comment at the end of a sentence has become commonplace. #IblameTwitter #AndInstagram.
Vineeta Gupta at the Oxford University Press said: “This has been a significant change in usage in this year, 2015.
“Children have extended its [#] use from a simple prefix or …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment