Sunday, July 25, 2021

Polite Piggies


A recent Wall Street Journal article - possibly it was a slow news day - remarked that many American parents had noticed that their children were learning good manners from watching Peppa Pig, which is a British cartoon of course.  The toddlers were also cultivating charming British accents and saying things like "biscuit" and "petrol station" and "Father Christmas." Well good for them. Every little helps. And the parents were apparently delighted.
   I couldn't help thinking of my own childhood and the very different attitude of British parents to accents and vocabulary picked up from American cartoons. Delighted would not be the word I would use. Now I just wonder why that is. 

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