What Is The Most Attractive Accent In The British Isles?

Sorry, Brummies.

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Today, The Times have written about a study which ranks the regional dialects of the British isles in order of attractiveness.

As a keen amateur accent impersonator myself, I was excited by this list. My love for accents is potentially because I'm so bored of my typical anywhere-in-the-south-of-england voice.

Therefore, wherever the accents ranked on this list, rest easy that the sound of your voice is appreciated by boring sounding people like me. Although, I have to confess that after working in Dublin for a couple of months last year, my (biased) opinion is that I totally agree with the Southern Irish accent sounding sexiest.

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 Here’s a roundup of the rankings:

1. 'What's the Craic?'

Colin Farrell: Need I say more, no, okay: Grand. Aside from the general sound of their voice, perhaps another reason for accents from the Emerald Isle being popular is the alternate meaning of words. For example, 'deadly' means something is very good, not hazardous. Oh, and 'gas' means funny, not actual gas.

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2. The Queen's Speech

Apparently people find the voice of the Queen, received pronunciation (RP), sexy. Yes, really. So it’s probably more likely to be that of the Princes/Kate Middleton. Which, one could quite understand.

3. Tidy!

The accent of the original sexbomb, Tom Jones - Is there any wonder the Welsh accent ranked third place?

6. Aye up, pet:

From Ant&Dec to Cheryl, the Geordie accent is appreciated middle of the spectrum, and is awarded sixth place on this list. 

11. Liverpooooool

The scouse accent is the second-to-worst rated, in terms of attractiveness, in the UK. However, Liverpudlians needn't worry as the city has the highest rates of people swiping right on tinder.

12. Brummie

Sorry Birmingham, the Midlands city was officially awarded the title of 'most unattractive regional accent' in the YouGov poll. Not to worry, apparently the Birmingham accent is loved abroad. For example both Ozzy Osborne and Cat Deeley have had huge careers in America.

 

Words by: Olivia Blair