Star Wars, Shakespeare and British astronaut Tim Peake were some of the other most common themes in this year’s entries.
“This analysis has once again proved fascinating,” said Evans. “OUP’s research has shown how aware and engaged children are with the world around them, not just at home, but globally and even inter-galactically.
“The imagination of kids never ceases to amaze me and I’m so proud the competition has again fired up their creativity and shown how talented and inspiring the young people of the UK are.”
Hashtag was named Children’s Word of the Year in 2015, with references to the Ebola epidemic and World War I also being prevalent.
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