Thursday, May 2, 2019

Kiwis Have the Sexiest Accent

On Monday, the New Zealand accent has been named the sexiest in the world! 

This according to international travel website Big 7 Travel which polled 8,500 people from 60 countries across the globe – where they were asked to vote for their favorite accents, therefore, revealing the Top 50 winners. 

To a novice ear, the No. 1 accent – as spoken by Kiwi singer-songwriter Lorde* (right) – might sound just like the Australian accent – but participants disagree. They described the ‘Newzild’ dialect as outrageously charming. 

[* Kindly scroll down this post if you wish to listen to Lorde's singing].

The Kiwis were followed closely by South Africa (“Afrikaans is a hugely popular accent with many people across the globe, thanks to their unique tones and Saffa slang”), Ireland (“whether it’s a Jamie Dornan-esque Northern Irish accent or a lilting Cork jibe, people the world over love the Irish accent”), Italy (“any word in Italian sounds sexy”) and Australia (“pronouncing words long and slow – and often skipping the ends of them completely – is a real turn on apparently”) respectively.

Scotland hit the top spot for Britain – coming in at sixth place for its “rich sounds and harsh vowels”. 

In seventh place was French (“the language of love is a consistent winner when it comes to sex appeal”) and in 8th-10th places were Spanish, Southern US, and Brazilian Portuguese. 

Queen’s English, the standard English spoken in the UK, made it to No. 12, thanks to it sounding “clear, clipped and completely posh”. 

Liverpool's Scouse accent was placed 32nd on the list, while Newcastle’s Geordie accent despite being “notoriously difficult to understand”, was ranked No. 41. 

A New Yorker accent, described as “fast and hyper-nasal”, proved to be even less charming, coming in at 44th and just narrowly beating the Welsh accent, which was ranked 45th on the list. 

Among ASEAN countries, those that made the list were Filipino at No. 21, Vietnamese at No. 25, Malaysian at No. 39 and Thai at No. 48. 

Croatian, which came in last place, was the "least-popular" Slavic accent on the list, but was still found to be more alluring than many of the more than 7,000 accents worldwide. 

Survey participants were asked to rate their top 10 accents from a shortlist of 100 accents, with the 50-highest scoring accents making up the final published results.

The above two songs are from Lorde’s 2017 album Melodrama. 

Melodrama is about a "grapple with loneliness" in the aftermath of a break-up, according to The New York Times. Interviewed by the publication, Lorde says Melodrama is not simply a "breakup album" but is rather a "record about being alone"; it features both the favorable and unfavorable aspects associated with "heartbreak and solitude".

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