For something called Standard English, it’s actually not so standard. Whether the voices of the Gallagher brothers do it for you or you’re more of a Sean Connery fan, it’s true to say that some accents are saucier than others.
There’s very few other English-speaking countries with as many varieties of accents and language in such a small space, making the British Isles uniquely diverse when it comes to dialects.
Following on from a sample survey results of our 1.5million social audience, we have the official ranking of the sexiest – and least sexy – accents in the UK.
Consider yourself very lucky if your accent is among the Top 10…
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A variant of the West Country dialect, this didn’t rate too highly with Big 7 Travel readers.
48th. Hull City
It’s fair to say that the Hull accent is unique. Think ‘owld’ and ‘cowld’ instead of old and cold.
47th. West Country
Brace yerselves – the most gert lush (amazing) accent? Apparently not.
Part of the Black Country, it’s often indistinguishable from the Brummie accent but it is different. Quick speech and blended words.
The Bristol accent is what’s called a ‘rhotic’ accent: you say every ‘R‘ you see. It’s almost Germanic at times, with a long ‘a’.
With Poldark popular on TV, the Cornwall accent is gaining traction. Cornish English is similar to other accents in the South West of England, but has its own distinguishable tone.
The Cheshire accent is a little softer than the typical Northerner accent, with often tones of Scouse popped in.
Pro tip: don’t confuse this with a Mancunian accent. Those from the Salford-way speak slightly more flat and dull.
Yes – there are several different types of Yorkshire accent. In the Sheffield dialect many words are dropped or shortened.
Unique with its clipped vowels and ’ey up me ducks’, this accent has some brilliantly peculiar phrases.
The traditional Hampshire accent is rarely heard in the county’s towns and cities nowadays, and is quite a rural accent.
Often described as being “half-Geordie, half-Teesside”, Pitmatic is the dialect of the former mining areas in County Durham.
Devon speakers talk slower than in other areas of Britain, and you’ll probably only distinguish it from other West Country accents if you’re a local.
Not quite Brummie, but not quite Southern – if you’re not from Coventry you’ll never be able to imitate it quite right.
Listen out around the Lake District for dropped vowels and commonly used words such as ‘larl‘ (little) and ‘yam‘ (home).
Ay up miduck! The Nottingham accent is fast-paced with slang words that have European influences.
The intonation of Manx is very difficult to reproduce for those who don’t live on the Isle of Man. So don’t even try it.
With a strong Lancashire identity, the Boltonian accent is much broader. Think of it like this: “book” becomes “booook.”
Similar to the Blackpool accent, it’s pretty much Lancashire but not as broad. Subtle, but officially less sexy.
Near Gatwick in West Sussex, the Crawley accent is often confused with Croydon, but make no mistake, they’re different.
A smooth accent, truly local speakers in the City of Norwich drop the ‘h’ and will say ’ammer and ’ouse.
Definitely not to be confused with the Geordie accent, the Mackem accent is smooth and vastly different to places just miles away.
Often considered to be just the same as the general Yorkshire accent, our readers certainly don’t think so. Bradford – or as locals would call it, Bratford – didn’t impress much.
The Teesside twang is softer than Geordie, but the rich ‘Boro accent is gradually getting more standardised and Southern.
This rich, lively accent has long vowels and is strongest in the town of Ashington.
A strange mixture of Brummy, Manc and Scouse.
The beautiful, lilting accent of the Outer Hebrides sounds more Irish than it does Scottish, yet is distinctively different than both.
Although not many still speak with the traditional vocabulary of Surrey, the accent remains – not super posh, but not not posh, either.
21st. East Anglian
The East Anglian accent is very distinctive and often poorly imitated by actors who put on a bizarre West Country accent instead. Can’t quite picture what it sounds like? ‘Naked’ becomes ‘naykuhd’.
Head just south of London and the accent changes – not that many people would be able to tell it apart from standard Estuary English. Listen for the long ‘a’.
The melodic lilt of the Highlands accent is best heard from Caithness down to the Black Isle. “The, that, this and they” are pronounced “e, at, is and ey”.
18th. Multicultural London English (MLE)
Considering the hundreds of cultures and ethnic groups in this hugely diverse city, it makes sense that a new accent has emerged: MLE is widely spoken among young people and is moving fast beyond the city. Listen to Stormzy to hear why it’s so sexy.
More distinctive than the general Yorkshire accent, you’ll hear people dropping the ‘h’ and overindulging the ‘u’ in Leeds.
Officially the sexiest of all the West Country accents, the Somerset dialect could be a foreign tongue.
Love the Lanky accent? Similar to Yorkshire, yet so, so different. Yorkshire say say ‘o’reet’, Lancashire say ‘o’reyt’. Okay, sort of different.
The classic “Kairdiff” voice actually has slight echoes of Liverpool and Manchester in its tone. Sexy? Apparently so-so.
From the posh restrained accent of Morningside residents to the slang in Leith, you can hear a range of accents in Edinburgh alone, but all are considered attractive.
12th. Estuary English
Ever heard Russell Brand talk? That’s Estuary English, mainly spoken around the banks of the River Thames and its estuary. Drop the ‘t’ in words and you’re halfway there.
The Norfolk accent has a distinctive rhythm and vocab that will take some getting used to. Keep yew a troshin’!
Traditionally spoken by working-class Londoners, Cockney is one of the best known UK accents that’s spread throughout South-East London. Thanks for making it sexy, Danny Dyer.
Yorkie is one of England’s most-loved accents, where words are shortened and ‘the’ and ‘to’ is lost altogether. Case in point? “I’m chuffed t’bits!”
8th. South Welsh Valleys
Soft and lyrical, it’s a charming accent. Every word is a sing-song.
The Newcastle accent in England is notoriously difficult to understand. But hey, when it sounds this good, who cares what they’re saying.
The Scouse accent is highly distinctive, with locals piling on the slang.
Visiting Manchester? According to our poll, the sexy accent might be reason alone to stop by.
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4th. Queen’s English
Always up there when you think of the world’s sexiest accent. Clear, clipped and completely posh.
Those rich sounds and harsh vowels are a big hit. You can thank Franz Ferdinand.
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The Jamie Dornan-esque Northern Irish accent has our readers in love – or lust with NI. Probably just lust.
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Popularised by the stars of The Only Way Is Essex, vowels get shortened – it’s similar to East Anglian English, including both the Suffolk and Norfolk dialects, but with its own super Essex vibe.
Super sexy? The people have spoken.
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