Children in the US are beginning to speak with English accents and using British words after watching a lot of Peppa Pig, it has emerged.
The phenomenon has been dubbed as “The Peppa Effect” and has coincided with a rise in the popularity of the children’s television programme in America over lockdown.
Thanks to Peppa, her friends Suzie the Sheep and the show’s other animal-themed characters, American children are changing American-English phrases, such as “vacation”, to their British-English equivalent, like “holiday”.
According to The Wall Street Journal, who reported on the trend, one parent in California was surprised when her 5-year-old child asked her in an English accent: “Mummy, are you going to the optician?”
Many British Twitter users reacted to the news with glee and commented on the sneaky way in which the show has influenced America’s children.
One person wrote: “Obsessed with the Peppa Pig stealth op to indoctrinate millions of unsuspecting American children into proper etiquette, vocabulary and mannerisms.”
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