CHILDREN adopt annoying American accents when playing and nobody really knows why, it has emerged.
UK youngsters appear to be totally unaware that they are speaking in these weird, grating voices whenever they play anything from hide and seek to mums and dads.
Mother-of-two, Emma Howard said: “One minute they’re talking perfectly normally, the next they sound like Queen Elsa on drugs or something.
“I once asked them why they were talking like that and they just looked at me like I was the weird one.
“I thought it was quite cute at first but now it makes me want to stab myself in the ears just to escape it.”
Professor Henry Brubaker from the Institute for Studies said: “This is a psychological process that occurs when children engage in social behaviour and attempt to form a collective identity.
“Or perhaps they just like being annoying.”