An Australian cartoon series is altering the way schoolchildren speak all across America!
Kids here in the U.S. are beginning to speak with an Australian twang after watching Bluey, a TV series that follows a cartoon family of blue heelers. The show has boomed in popularity here over the last year, streaming on the Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and Disney+.
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— Official Bluey TV (@OfficialBlueyTV) July 7, 2021
The animated series has been a huge success all over the world since it came out in September 2019. The New York Times even claimed the show is Australia's "biggest export since The Wiggles."
As a result, kids have developed a unique accent, which has left a few parents a little confused...
Jason Manganella, a Massachusetts-based dad, told ABC that his 4-year-old daughter has picked up phrases and words, such as "dunny" and "brekky" after watching the show.
He said they started watching the show during the lockdown and they all quickly became obsessed with it: "We ended up watching it a lot. The kids quickly became huge fans of the show. There's no question when you watch the show, it doesn't feel like an American show.
"It really feels like an Australian show, but even when slang is used, it's used in a way that everyone can understand. I've also heard from some other parents that their kids are shifting in and out of Australian accents," he added.
"The kids [in the show] are great role models for our children, but when we watch the parents on Bluey, it inspires us to be better parents."
This past year has clearly had an impact on impressionable young minds, and it's not just Bluey causing American kids to develop different accents...
All those kids binge-watching Peppa Pig are also developing a British twang.
The so-called "Peppa Effect" has already led kids to mimic the characters and all that extra TV time during lockdown appears to be making it more widespread.
It's led some children to use British phrases such as "telly" and "ready, steady, go."
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, some parents revealed that their kids were caught saying things like "Father Christmas" rather than "Santa Claus," as well as U.K expressions such as "give it a go."
Lauren Ouellette is one mom who noticed a change in her 6-year old's speech. She told the Journal that her daughter has started referring to the bathroom as a "water closet," which would even baffle some brits today.
While Matias Cavallin told the site that his daughter Dani, 5, had begun saying phrases like "mummy, are you going to the optician?"
Maybe it's time to restrict their screen time?