Experts Explain Why Toddlers End Up Talking Like Peppa Pig

This article originally appeared on Moms by JAYME KENNEDY

It’s hard to find a TV show for toddlers that doesn’t make us want to chuck the TV out the window after one episode. Since kiddos like to watch the same thing over and over and over (and over and over) again, it can get really old, really fast! There are a handful of shows that don’t drive us batty, and Peppa Pig happens to be one of them. There’s just something about that precocious little piggy and her family and friends. She’s funny and smart and her accent is too adorable for words.

But, if you have a toddler who watches Peppa, you might have noticed something … interesting. Your little one might have suddenly adopted a British accent or idioms, despite not being British or living anywhere the UK. It’s incredibly funny and incredibly cute, and as it turns out, there’s a reason your toddler is suddenly talking exactly like Peppa Pig and all her friends!

However, with the Peppa Pig accent can also come the snort. You know the one, right? Peppa is a pig, after all, and pigs snort! So in addition to saying things like to-mah-to and zeh-brah, kiddos are also snorting like a pig. We can live with the accent, but some parents find the snorting to be annoying!

Dr. Emma Byrne is the author of Swearing is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad LanguageDr. Byrne told Romper that the snorting is actually really smart, and is sort of the toddler equivalent of swearing or expressing emotions. Toddlers use the noise to communicate and get our attention, and let’s face it, it works. But don’t worry – the majority of kiddos will outgrow the cute accent and snorting eventually. Enjoy it while it lasts!

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