Couples across the country are going to spare (as in, absolutely freaking out) over the British accents their kids are developing.
These worried parents all blame one culprit for their children’s quirky vocal tics: Peppa Pig.
Concerned moms and dads reports they’ve become "mummy" and "daddy" to their kids, who are apparently copying the pink cartoon pig’s Southern English accent after watching countless hours of her TV show.
Others have caught their little ones saying "zebb-ruh" instead of zebra and "to-mah-to" for tomato.
Roberto Rey Agudo, a language professor at Dartmouth College, says that these stories are so common because Peppa’s target demographic (kids under age five) are still building their vocabulary, and because they sit through a huge volume of Peppa episodes.
Thanks to Peppa Pig my 2yo, who has never been outside of Washington, Oregon and California has a solid British accent. pic.twitter.com/TTBMVz3loo— Heather🦈Doo doo Doo doo (@dishs_up) January 24, 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! 😜.— Eddie Painter (@PaintManNO) February 12, 2019
"Daddy, when we get home do I have to go to bed straightaway?" https://t.co/VOiMiJugtr
Because children as old as six struggle to identify different "accents," it seems these Peppa-obsessed toddlers have no idea why calling a truck a "lorry" strikes their parents as odd. These kids probably don’t even realize they're doing anything strange.
Today is this little man's birthday! It's officially ends the "we have babies at home" era— Clayton Davis (@AwardsCircuit) January 29, 2019
Best thing that Noah does these days is speak in a British accent b/c of Peppa Pig. 2 days ago, he came to me, & said "Daddy, I want to sit on your lap and use the computer"#PeedMyPants pic.twitter.com/tLWxd954U0
Peppa Pig has become a global phenomenon since premiering in 2004, and earns $1.2 billion a year in merchandise alone.
Experts agree that children will grow out of any adopted accents as they get older, interact with more people, and stop watching Peppa around the clock.
So no worries mom and dad, your toddler is tip top, in spite of their posh, piggy accent!