What we watch on TV can have a big impact on our lives, but this is a new twist no one was expecting. Canadian kids are now speaking in a British accent and it's all because of the popular cartoon show Peppa Pig. According to Canadian parents, their children have picked up not only British vocabulary, but have adopted a slight British accent after watching the UK based tv show.
In case you don't already know, Peppa Pig is a cartoon show following the life and adventures of a young pig named Peppa and her family. It airs on many kids networks, on Crave, and several episodes are available on Youtube too. The animated series is based in Britain and because of that, all the characters have British accents. Now thanks to what's called the Peppa Effect, it seems like all the show's viewers are adopting those accents now too.
Many parents told CTV News that their children or nieces and nephews have started speaking in a British Accent or even began using British terminology. One mother even revealed that 5-year-old child still says some words with an accent even though they haven't watched the show for years.
Yep. My 2.5-year-old son now talks like an old British man: “It’s a lovely sunny day.” “Oh dear!” “We need to fill the car with petrol.” It’s actually pretty cute, and watching Peppa has actually improved his speech much more so than any other show.— Leslie Anderson, MD M.Ed. FRCPC (@DrLesliesPath) February 13, 2019
Oh for sure. My niece has never left Georgetown Ontario but she sounds like the Queen.— John S (@sheajon) February 13, 2019
My niece convinced her school teacher that she needed “glaawsses”, and everything was “blewwrry” - after watching the glasses episode. She was sent home with a note for her mom to take her for an eye exam.— Stella Gan (@GanStella) February 13, 2019
Most say even if it's not a full accent, there is a different Peppa Effect at play here when it comes to their kid's vocabulary.
No, but our kids started referring to our backyard as our “garden”!— Adam Miller (@IAmAdamMiller) February 13, 2019
My daughter still refers to her bathing suit as a swim costume.— Travis Grant (@sturgeon_slayer) February 13, 2019
Yes! We’ve just accepted that we are a torch using, zeb-ra loving and— Jenny (@swingnsparrow) February 13, 2019
ba-non-a eating family! @gpool can you think of more?
The Peppa Effect also explains why Canadian kids are calling their backyards "gardens", their bathing suits "swim costumes", and shopping carts "trolleys".
The Peppa Effect has also been confirmed in the United States, where the popular show is also leading to a rise of British accents among American kids.