A video (below) of a 2-year-old girl dropping f-bombs has gone viral, and her parents appear to be tricking her into saying the curse word.
The girl, Jules, is asked by her parents several times in their family car to say "old truck," which she mispronounces as "oh f---," notes The Sun.
The parents can be heard laughing in the video, which was uploaded to YouTube on April 29 and has nearly 57,000 views.
This is not an isolated parental prank, but has been an online trend for some time (videos below).
In 2010, a little boy sitting in a high chair is told by his parents to say, "fire truck," but he replies, "fire f-------." Then, he's told to say, "oh truck," and, of course, the toddler says, "oh, f---." The adults ask him to say it again, and he obliges.
In 2012, what sounds like an older child pulled the same stunt with a little boy, telling him to say, "fire truck," and he innocently replied, "fire f----." The boy then tries to say, "monster truck," and says, "mother---." The older child says, "That's really cool, Elijah."
Also in 2012, a maternal voice asked a little girl in a family car, "What's that over there?" and the toddler responded,"C---, big c---."
"A big truck," the woman says, and the girl replies, "Big c---."
In 2011, a little girl is asked to say "frog," and states, "f---" instead.
In 2014, a 1 1/2-year-old girl in diapers is asked to say "garbage truck" by her mom, but instead says, "f---" several times to her mother's delight.
Two researchers noted in the Association for Psychological Science in 2012:
We do not know exactly how children learn swear words, although this learning is an inevitable part of language learning, and it begins early in life. Whether or not children (and adults) swear, we know that they do acquire a contextually-bound swearing etiquette — the appropriate ‘who, what, where, and when’ of swearing.
This etiquette determines the difference between amusing and insulting and needs to be studied further. Through interview data, we know that young adults report to have learned these words from parents, peers, and siblings, not from mass media.
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