The British accent has been named the sexiest in the world.
According to American women, a man with a Brit accent is the best. A survey done by MissTravel.com, American women found British accents the number one turn-on and and Scottish accents second. Those were followed by Spanish, Australian, and Southern.
Unfortunately for British women, the accent didn’t work as a turn-on for American men. For U.S. guys, Israeli accents were number one, followed by Colombian. Gal Gadot, 32, is Israeli, and Sofia Vergara, 45, Colombian. Those were followed by Australian, French, and Southern.
“Accents have a tendency of taking our minds to unknown and exotic places, adding a touch of mystery and intrigue to the speaker,” says Brandon Wade, CEO and founder of MissTravel. “As Americans we often associate British accents with intelligence and class, both desirable qualities for a mate. While Israeli accents conjure up images of the Mediterranean.”
Linguistics researchers say that the way we interpret accents has more to do with social and cultural associations than his they actually sound — for example the British accent is associated with money and social status.
"There's a perception that British English is smarter and maybe that has to do with our idea of British people being smarter regardless of language," Emily Nguyen, a Ph.D. a linguistics researcher tells Glamour. “There is some association about France and Paris or Italy as being kind of romantic places. Maybe a French or Italian accent kind of acquires the same feelings or thoughts and perceptions."
Where does the American accent fall? Nowhere unfortunately.
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