Britain has scored a rare cultural victory against the US with the news that a load of precocious American children have started sounding English because they watch too much Peppa Pig.
According to ITV News, parents in the United States have noticed their nippers taking on a posh-ish southern English accent as a result of binge-watching the show. And if there was any doubt as to where the change has come from, apparently some of them oink at the end of sentences, too.
The 'Peppa Effect,' as it's inevitably been dubbed, makes a rare change from British kids sounding like they grew up in Southern California because they've been raised by YouTube.
The #peppaeffect is real. My little brother totally has an accent sometimes
— Tawn Tawn✨ (@Wontawn_soup) February 13, 2019
Yeah I can vouch for the #PeppaEffect in our house. Tayla absolutely lapses into a slight Brit accent and vocabulary, and uses the word "straightaway" more than I ever have in my life! .
"Daddy, when we get home do I have to go to bed straightaway?" https://t.co/VOiMiJugtr
— Eddie Painter (@PaintManNO) February 12, 2019
my son is developing a british accent due to peppa pig lmaooooo
— ɳ (@nataliereyy) January 25, 2019
Best way to learn bri-ish accent? Watch peppa pig
— Hillary M (@hillarylaire) February 12, 2019
My baby been talking in a random British accent and I kept asking where she got it from .....finally it hit me . PEPPA PIG ♀️
— Angela Davis ✊ (@queenjamesss_) December 26, 2018
Aubrielle watches Peppa Pig so much that she speaks in a British accent sometimes pic.twitter.com/kx30HB0CCR
— Alice (@AliceFaith95) November 18, 2018
On the whole, American parents seem pretty thrilled about the change, commenting that their kids sound better and have improved vocabularies as a result of watching Peppa. Perhaps they should have thought of that before declaring independence, what what?
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