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500 Words and Oxford Dictionaries for Children

Children's Word of the Year 2019: In the Press

Oxford Dictionaries for Children has once again teamed up with BBC Radio 2's 500 WORDS – the nationwide competition to find the most talented young writers!

Children's Word of the Year 2019: In the Press

Oxford Dictionaries for Children has once again teamed up with BBC Radio 2's 500 WORDS – the nationwide competition to find the most talented young writers!


The 2019 BBC Radio 2 500 Words competition received 112,986 entries as budding young writers across the UK put pen to paper. With the help of Oxford Dictionaries for Children, the analysis of the 46 million words contained in this year's entries provided an illuminating snapshot of how children use language and the popular culture and trends prevalent in their generation.

This analysis attracted national and local media interest, resulting in widespread coverage in both print and online news. Here's a selection of the articles from 2019: