For an island that’s so small, it’s kind of crazy the variation in accents that you can find all over the place and this does facilitate the endless debate over which accent is actually the sexiest in the United Kingdom.
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The latest people to give their opinions on the matter are the blog ‘Lovin’ Manchester’, which unsurprisingly voted the Manchester accent as the best in the country and then proceeded to pretty much diss every other one of the 50 regional variants in their list. Of course, the Birmingham accent ended up bottom, but here’s the whole list along with their ‘tongue in cheek’ comments (apparently some of these are really offensive, so maybe don’t read them if you don’t like people dissing your accent):
Let’s face it, you don’t want a brummy reading the 9 o’clock news while you’re eating your cheerios.
Nobody deserves that first thing.
A hearty, rum ol’ mystery of a sound. Learn what ‘lush’ and ‘gert’ mean and you’re pretty much fluent.
Correctly pronounced: ‘ull
Just don’t expect sentences to use conjoining words…
Far, far away from this place.
If it were a colour it would be beige.
44. St Albans
Know ‘sausage sandwich’ and you’re practically fluent.
The language of old. We’ve never met anyone under 50 from here…
Correctly pronounced, ‘Truru’, don’t you know!
The land of elongated words. Takes them a good hour to say anything at all.
We had enough of this when Cheryl Cole was on the X Factor.
Controversial perhaps. But to some people it’s just a bit neutral.
Broad, country. Need we say more?
Salt o’ the Earth folk. God love ’em.
Ie exile – and if you heard them you’d understand why…
A truly frightening sound.
Don’t go if you don’t like being called ‘pet.’
Ditto x 1000
We could listen to the dulcet tones all day…
Some might even say poetic.
A strange breed of manc, scouse and brum rolled into one!
Our advice? Hire a translator – pronto.
Pretty inoffensive but when they talk you listen.
Practically perfect in every way.
A complete and utter mystery. Does anyone even live here?!
Anyone have an opinion? Anyone?..
Allegedly the pioneers of the British curry, so these guys are ok with us.
Bit whiny, but excellent sausages.
About as civilised as it gets.
Loud with a dash of mischief.
Bath or Bathe – that’s the question.
Both frightening and fascinating.
Folkish and soothing.
Strange Yorkshire-Lancashire hybrid.
If you can pronounce the name, you’re halfway there already.
Relatively soft and gentle, considering
Not as ethereal as you might think…
Alright, me duck?
The quintessential English accent? We can’t make up our minds.
Or ‘Notts’ as it’s known to residents – who have a peculiar desire to shorten everything.
An unusual blend of North and South.
Technically a city in its own right, and a bloody good one at that (not that we’re biased, or anything.)
Increases in intensity as you move towards the city.
Hard to distinguish it as a unique accent as the place is inundated with ‘rah’ like students, all of whom are from Guildford anyway.
Hard to resist the charm of the Queen’s English… if you can get them to give you the time of day, that is.
There is no competition.
Land of the barm, home of the free – and habitat of the bee.
Yer alright, our kid.
Well, was that a useful list or not? Probably not really as it’s all the opinion of one writer – some girl called Amy from the Lovin’ Manchester blog, who I’m sure has a great Manchester accent. But hey, that hasn’t stopped people getting their knickers in a twist about it.
Here are a couple of the most offended tweets about this list:
Everything about this has offended me https://t.co/6j3fjqhwoz
— Libs (@LibbiGriff) August 14, 2017
Ripon ranked as the city with the 6th sexiest accent in the UK 😂😂🙃🙃 https://t.co/bGZDVhbIi6 someone needs a hearing test 🤔
— Lauren (@LaurenRoseBoyle) August 14, 2017
This list going around saying Manc accents are the 'sexiest' in Britain?
A R E
Y O U
D R U N K
F A M ?
— jonny (@jonnyxprice) August 14, 2017
How has Manchester accent been voted sexiest in the U.K. and scouse only 28th? What's is wrong with people. Manc accent is vile.
— Coutinho 🎩 (@ChristinaaaLFC) August 15, 2017
do u think the sheffield accent is gross it got voted number 48 out of 51 in the sexiest accents how rude #askdodie
— poppy (@bourneintheam) August 14, 2017
Geez, can’t believe people care so much to be honest, I mean it’s just on some blog so it’s not like it’s official – it’s not even in a national newspaper or anything. Get a grip guys, people will still like your accent even if Amy says it’s crap and writes a pithy little comment about it that might be slightly funny but probably isn’t. Calm down and stop worrying.
For more accents, check out the top 10 worst accents in films. What the hell were they thinking?