20,000 children wrote about their experience during lockdown. Here’s what we learned.

Thank you to Shane Hill (Storyathon) for contributing to this article. Data from Oxford University Press in partnership with Storyathon, the largest story-writing event in Australia, reveals the impact COVID-19 has had on children’s vocabulary in Term 2 with students responding to the theme: ‘A Different World – Living in lockdown’. Words used in students’ stories […]

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Oxford Word of the Month: October – lady tradie

noun: a part of a family home organised or designed so that adult children can have privacy from their parents.
THE STORY BEHIND THE WORD OF THE MONTH
High rents in urban areas and the housing affordability crisis in Australia have given rise to a now familiar problem for parents: when will the kids leave home? And until they do, how can we all live under one roof? Adult offspring need less parental attention than children, but they are likely to want more privacy—a big ask for many suburban households.

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Oxford Word of the Month: September – cubby house

noun: a part of a family home organised or designed so that adult children can have privacy from their parents.
THE STORY BEHIND THE WORD OF THE MONTH
High rents in urban areas and the housing affordability crisis in Australia have given rise to a now familiar problem for parents: when will the kids leave home? And until they do, how can we all live under one roof? Adult offspring need less parental attention than children, but they are likely to want more privacy—a big ask for many suburban households.

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