When choosing a partner, accent is often an important factor. Possessing an attractive accent can be as important as boasting a charming smile or a great figure. A sexy lilt can make us weak at the knees, while overly strong or downright unintelligible ones can send us running for the hills. In a recent survey by OnePoll.com, which questioned 5,000 women worldwide, 60% of participants said that they could be seduced by a man’s style of expression. In addition, 40% admitted that they would rather sleep with someone with an appealing accent than someone with a harsh one.
So why are accents such deal breakers? Our mode of speech is personal to each of us. Every accent is unique – each one is made up of many different elements, including tone, inflection, tempo and vocabulary. They can be remarkably precise, varying not just between countries but between regions or even villages. An accent forms part of our identity, and connects us to where we were raised. We can’t help but be intrigued by those with exotic or distinctive diction. They make us think of far-off places and exciting cultures, and remind travellers of their past adventures.
There are over 200 countries in the world, and an estimated 6,500 languages in use today. That’s a whole lot of different accents and dialects – and some are infinitely more desirable than others. The following is a list of the top ten most seductive accents in the world, as chosen by the users of OnePoll.com.
When it comes to accents, “American” is an extremely broad term. Though the North American accent is often admired for its clarity and neutrality, modes of speech vary hugely across the fifty states. In a survey conducted by dating website Cupid.com, the gentle twang of the South was found to be the favourite of both men and women. The New York accent came in second place, while the Mid-Atlantic states were voted the least attractive.