Poll Finds Sexiest And Least Attractive Accents

It will be music to the ears of Irish blokes everywhere: a new poll has found their accent to be the sexiest.

Colin Farrell, Nadine Coyle and, er, Roy Keane all speak the dialect of seduction, according to the survey of 2,000 singletons.

The Irish brogue was considered a turn-on by 31 percent of those questioned. Making it an Emerald Island double, Northern Irish was found to be second hottest with 29 percent of respondents saying they'd like to date someone who had such chops.

Queen's English also scored highly, so if you sound like David Cameron, your luck's in. Yorkshire - eeh-by-gum - was fourth.

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But look away now if you're from Liverpool. The scouse accent was found to be the biggest dialectic turn off. Although in some cases, it could probably be overlooked. Abbey Clancy, anyone?

In news that might be labelled 'not surprising at all', meanwhile, the Brum dialect finished second bottom. Cockney, Glaswegian and Geordie also fared badly.

"When we hear an accent, we evaluate it subconsciously on two criteria," explains Dr Erin Carrie, senior lecturer in linguistics at Manchester Metropolitan University, when LADbible asks her what makes the way we speak hot or not.

"The first is how prestigious it appears to be - how educated and how much social status it hints at. The second is how socially appealing we find it - how warm, honest and trustworthy it is.


"For many people looking for partners, they are seeking all the above qualities, and, very often, we associate the Irish accent with many of them. So, when surveys like this are taken it always does very well.

"Conversely, urban accents like Liverpool and Birmingham have historically been downgraded and associated with a lack of education and even criminality, which might explain why they score less highly."

The poll also looked at else what Brits found hot or not in potential partners.

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In other results, two thirds of those polled said they couldn't cope with annoying voices; 70 percent of blokes reckoned bad teeth were a reasonable cause for side-swerving someone; and - absolutely brutal - 63 percent of women said a chap who was short was a no-no. Thinning hair was a turn off for 39 per cent of lasses.

There were some Tinder revelations too. Gym selfies, drunk shots and photos with no face showing were all ranked as probable swipe-lefts.

"It seems," says Paul Hunt, managing director of V2, "that the British public are quite choosey about who they go out with."

Words: Colin Drury

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