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British accent voted ‘sexiest’ for men, Israeli for women, survey reveals

Khristian Ibarrola

Inquirer.net/Asia News Network

| Wed, December 6, 2017 | 06:39 pm
British accent voted ‘sexiest’ for men, Israeli for women, survey reveals

Aside from his movie-star looks and talent, IIdris Elba is best known for his British accent. (omaze.com/File)

Language can indeed be sexy and a recent survey revealed which ones are the most appealing.

According to data gathered by MissTravel.com, American women deemed British and Scottish accents the sexiest among men.

Of the 1,423 total female respondents, 20 percent claimed that the British tongue caught their attention the most,  followed closely by 18 percent who preferred Scottish speakers.

The website pointed out that British accents come in wide array of influences—from West Country and Welsh to Scouse and Glaswegian—which may have been a factor in the language’s popularity among the female population.

 “Accents have a tendency of taking our minds to unknown and exotic places, adding a touch of mystery and intrigue to the speaker,” Brandon Wade, CEO and founder of MissTravel.com, was quoted as saying in a report from The Independent.

“As Americans we often associate British accents with intelligence and class, both desirable qualities for a mate,” he added.

Read also: English in Indonesia: Is it still a matter of British or American?

Meanwhile, among the 1,164 American male respondents, 19 percent said they were most turned on by the Israeli accents, while a close 18 percent said they like Colombian speakers.

Wade attributes this result to how Israeli accents often “conjure up images of the Mediterranean.”

Check out each gender’s top 5 list below.  

Sexiest accents for men:

  1. British
  2. Scottish
  3. Spanish
  4. Australian
  5. Southern

Sexiest accents for women:

  1. Israeli
  2. Colombian
  3. Australian
  4. French
  5. Southern
This article appeared on the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper website, which is a member of Asia News Network and a media partner of The Jakarta Post
 
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