American kids are binge-watching so much of the British cartoon “Peppa Pig’’ that they are developing English accents and even using words like “telly” and “ready, steady, go.”
The so-called Peppa Effect had already led kids in the US to mimic the star swine from UK-produced “Peppa Pig” – and all that extra telly time during COVID-19 restrictions appears to be making the phenomenon more widespread.
Screen time limits were lifted as parents worked from home and extra Peppa binging ensued. Now parents say more kids are opting for “Father Christmas” instead of “Santa Claus” and throwing out expressions like “give it a go.”
Peppa Pig was the second most in-demand cartoon after “Spongebob Squarepants” for a 12-month period ending February, the Journal stated, citing data from consulting firm Parrot Analytics. It was the 50th most in-demand out of all shows, reportedly moving up from the 103rd spot a year earlier.
Some American kids are even developing British accents after