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每日跟讀#683: About UK - Amazon Echo link could be turning UK parents off the name

Alexa 亞馬遜智慧音箱Echo的連結性恐讓英國父母避開Alexa這個名字

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每日跟讀#683: About UK - Amazon Echo link could be turning UK parents off the name

The number of parents in Britain calling their baby girls Alexa dropped by more than half last year, statistics showed on Thursday, possibly due to the link with Amazon Echo voice-controlled gadgets.


The smart speaker that can perform household tasks such as adjusting lights, responds to the name Alexa.


"The growth in the use of technology assistants in our homes may help to explain why the number of baby girls named Alexa has more than halved compared with 2017," said Nick Stripe of the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS).


Alexa was the 380th most popular name for girls in England and Wales last year, with 118 newborns given the name - a sharp fall from 2017, when there were 301 Alexas.


Oliver and Olivia remained the most popular names for boys and girls, for the sixth and third year running.



More than half of UK parents think sunglasses should be part of school uniform, survey claims 調查聲稱,英國逾半數家長認為校服裝備應包括太陽眼鏡

More than half of UK parents believe sunglasses should become an official part of school uniform, a study has found.


A study of 1,000 parents with children aged 4-12 found 72 percent worried about protecting their child’s eyes from the sun.


However, only three in 10 send their child to school with sunglasses every time it was sunny.


One-quarter even said their child was forbidden by their school from wearing sunglasses on school grounds.


A spokesperson for Monkey Monkey Sunglasses, which commissioned the study, said: "Parents are consistently telling us that their children are more likely to wear sunglasses on holiday or to leisure activities than at school."


"We just want parents to be aware that the midday and afternoon sun can be equally strong in the school playground, or on the walk home from school, as it is on the beach."


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