What would be your child’s Word of the Year?

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What word do your children use more than any other? Oxford University Press is on the hunt to find the most commonly used word among Australian children, with the launch of their inaugural Australian Children's Word of the Year competition.

Children are invited to write about what matters to them, and they could win OUP prize packs.

"We want to learn more about the language Australian children use, which is unique from anywhere else in the world," said OUP Australian New Zealand Managing Director Peter van Noorden.

Top contenders from my house include "Muuuuuuuuuuum", "hungry", "bored", "iPad" and some kind of incoherent wail that includes remnants of words about brothers and pinching and personal space. But thanks to a new teen in the house, possibly the winner around here would be the simple but effective "ugh". 

When the competition was run in the UK in 2016, OUP found children were talking about refugees and Trump – so slightly more high-brow than my children.

"Oxford University Press is dedicated to recording Australian English and improving literacy; and this competition is part of that endeavour," said Peter van Noorden.

Schools around the country are invited to take part in the competition, which closes on 30 September. The Australian Children's Word of the Year will be announced in October.

Group and individual entries are welcome. Visit the competition website for full entry details.