A global poll of 1.5 million people from 60 different countries, conducted by Big 7 Travel, determined, once and for all which accent is the most alluring. Unfortunately, there’s been a bit of controversy surrounding the way the whole thing shook out.
Yes, all the classic favorites made the Top 10, but according to the poll results, the official sexiest accent in the world is the one used by the rock monster-alien from Thor Ragnarok, played by director Taika Waititi, and Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson.
The authors of the poll report, “To a novice ear, the New Zealand accent might sound just like the Australian accent, but Big 7 Travel readers disagree. The ‘Newzild’ dialect is outrageously charming.”
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Obvious choices like Italian and French accents both made appearances in the Top 10, each claiming the number four and seven spots respectively.
Although not many people find regular ol‘ American accents particularly desirable, a good deal of voters expressed an affinity for a slow southern drawl. Coming in at number nine, was the Southern U.S. accent, the kind you mind find in residents of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, or Kentucky.
Rounding out the Top 10 was the Brazilian Portuguese accent, which, again makes perfect sense.
“The least popular Slavic language” – the Croatian accent – came in at the bottom of the Top 50 list. Some of the others that bottomed the list were the Romanian accent, the Pakistani accent, German accents, Thai and New York accents, described as “fast and hypernasal.” If you belong to one of these regions and are a little “verärgert” you’re not alone. The days following the release of Big 7’s report has been tailed by a bit of backlash.
For example this tweet:
New Zealand accent voted sexiest in the world. I for one am not thet convunced https://t.co/AirGm4zd5S
— Charlie Mitchell (@comingupcharlie) April 28, 2019
This Twitter user’s response was a bit more nuanced:
The kiwi accent is hideous
— Ralph Jaeger (@ralpo67) April 28, 2019
And, unsurprisingly, some of New Zealand’s neighbors didn’t take the news well:
Sounds wannabe Aussie to me 😋😂
— Michael Swensson (@MichaelSwenny) April 28, 2019
The problem might have a lot to do with poor public relations. Most of the Kiwis famous to Americans are famous in a strictly comedic context (though singing sensation Lorde has managed to capture a large American audience.)
Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Concords for instance and Waititi are truly three of the funniest minds to debut in the last few years, though they don’t exactly spring casanova to mind. There’s this reserved silliness attached to them.
But if you extract the very same accent and observe it in a non-comedian, maybe’ you’ll feel differently. Or maybe you won’t.
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