American kids who binge watched Peppa Pig during the pandemic have started speaking with British accents, a new report has claimed.
According to the study, over the past year, children have been watching a lot more TV, with the colourful series proving the second most popular cartoon in the 12 months up to February, just behind SpongeBob SquarePants.
And as a result of prolonged exposure, it's led to them using phrases such as 'telly' and 'ready, steady, go'.
According to reports, some even went as far as ditching the traditional US pronunciation of 'mommy' and swapping it for the more British counterpart 'mummy'.
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, confused parents revealed that their kids were caught saying things like 'Father Christmas' rather than 'Santa Claus', alongside UK expressions such as 'give it a go'.
Lauren Ouellette is one of those who noticed a change in her six-year-old's vocabulary.
She told the Journal that her child took to referring to the bathroom as a 'water closet' - an old-fashioned phrase that would even confuse most Brits today.
While Matias Cavallin told the site that his daughter Dani, five, had begun saying phrases like 'mummy, are you going to the optician?'
A spokesperson for the Peppa Pig production company Entertainment One told the publication: "Young Peppa fans see her as a friend... and, as we do with friends that we admire, pick up some of their characteristics."
But this isn't the only bizarre Peppa Pig-related story to break over the past year.
Back in October, fans were stunned to discover that the the little girl playing the role of creepy Flora in The Haunting of Bly Manor also voiced the children's character.
Nine-year-old Amelie Bea Smith took over the iconic children's TV character at the beginning of 2020 - when Harley Bird stood down from voicing the fictional talking pig.
Fans of the series were shook upon finding out this news with many people taking to social media to air their surprise.
Do you like games? Fill your glass every time Flora says "perfectly splendid." #BlyManorWatchParty pic.twitter.com/GWfJOS7xDQ
- The Haunting of Bly Manor (@haunting) October 9, 2020
One said: "Watching The Haunting of Bly Manor and realise this little girl is the voice of f**king Peppa Pig sldjskdjsk."
Another added: "I've made the mistake of learning that the young actress who plays Flora in The Haunting of Bly Manor also voices Peppa Pig, and now I cannot unhear it."
Incidentally, Amelie is the same actor irritating viewers by saying 'perfectly splendid'... can't please everyone, right?
She does seem to throw the phrase around quite a lot though.
Featured Image Credit: Entertainment One
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