We all know things can get lost in translation but one mum’s experience with a French-language Peppa Pig dinner set has really raised eyebrows online.
Maggy Van Eijk, who is the social media editor for BuzzFeed UK, shared her horror after unwittingly ordering her daughter a rather rude set of cups and plates featuring the popular cartoon pig.
She took to Twitter to post a photo of one of the colourful plates that’s emblazoned with the word ‘groin!’ around the edge — which no doubt has the potential to spark some awkward conversations between parent and child at mealtimes.
“My kid just unwrapped her new Peppa dinner set and I accidentally ordered a French version and now it says groin groin groin all over the plates and cup ffs,” Maggy captioned the pic.
Maggy’s followers couldn’t contain their giggles over the cross-continental mix-up, with one calling it their “Favourite thing of the day.”
“Omg. I’m reading this in bed and trying not to wake my husband up with my laughing,” said another.
Thanks to some bilingual Twitter users, it became apparent that ‘groin’ is, in fact, the French equivalent of the English word ‘oink.’
“So that's what French pigs say!! I always wondered...” one joked.
“Love this. Always thought the French had a bizarre notion of the noises that things and animals make,” remarked another.
One pointed out the upside of Maggy’s mistake:
“Never too early to start your child on the journey to bilingualism,” they wrote.