If you have kids of your own or spend much time with toddlers, you’re probably familiar with the children’s show “Peppa Pig.” If you’re not? It’s an animated series that follows the adventures of Peppa, a cute young pig who lives with her family in the U.K. and loves to jump up and down in muddy puddles. Little tykes really like the show and it turns out, hearing their friends across the pond is causing them to adopt British accents themselves.
Janet Manley noticed it first with her two-year-old after a long-haul flight from New York to Australia. After 21-hours on the plane and some “Peppa Pig” binge-watching, her kid picked up Peppa’s accent, calling her “Mummy” and snorting like the pig. She calls it the “Peppa effect.”
And she’s not the only one who’s noticed it. Other American families have shared similar experiences with their kiddos who watch the show. “That moment when you realize your child has a British accent from watching too much “Peppa Pig,” one dad tweeted. And Film critic Clayton David posted that his son does it too, tweeting, “Best thing Noah does these days is speak in a British accent because of Peppa Pig.”