What makes an accent sexy?
Generally, that’s decided by the person hearing it.
But, the folks over at bigseventravel.com took it upon themselves to rank the sexiest accents in the United States.
I’ll be honest, as I was reading their rankings, I was slightly surprised by the number of accents they identified in our country.
Furthermore, with labels like ‘Southern Ohioan’ and ‘Hoi Toider,’ I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into.
Here in the Heartland, we ranked in the lower half of sexy accents.
Southeast Missouri fell under the “Ozark” accent column at number 36 out of 50.
Here’s how they described it:
“Spoken in the Ozark Mountain region of northwestern Arkansas and southeastern Missouri, the vowels are shifted all over the place. Calm becomes ‘cam’ and share becomes ‘sheer’. And yes, Ferners (anyone not from the Ozarks) might have trouble understanding it.”
The accent of the people of the Bluegrass State made it a little higher on the list at 26.
“Kentucky accents vary all over the state, but it’s a southern beaut – y’all living here apparently have a smooth drawl and long vowels that sounds like a mix of Midwestern and Southern tones.”
Our friends in Tennessee made the top 20 at number 20.
“Tennesseean: If you call a window a ‘winder’ and your hometown your ‘stompin’ grounds’, congratulations! You have a sexy Tennessee accent. Words like goose become shorter, sounding more like ‘gus.'”
By comparison, the “Midwestern” accent came in at number 16 and I’m not entirely sure if part of southeast Missouri and southern Illinois fall under the category.
But, in this girl’s opinion (born and raised in northeast Louisiana, but finished growing up in southern Illinois), I would say a significant portion of the people I’ve met in the Heartland could be labeled as having a “Midwestern” accent.
“The 12 states that make up the Midwest have some of their own unique accents, but generally speaking the Midwestern accent in say, Iowa and Nebraska, is subtle and sweet. The words Mary, marry, and merry all rhyme with each other.”
According to bigseventravel.com, St. Louis has an accent all its own and it ranks as the 9th sexiest accent in the U.S.
“St. Louis, Missouri has some unique features of its own that make it different than the rest of the Midlands. Native speakers swap the ”ar” sound for “or” (as in “farty” for “forty” and “carn” for “corn”), so get ready to make the joke ‘I Farty-Far’ a lot.”
So, what accents ranked in the top 5 spots? Here they are:
- New York
So, after reading their analysis, I wanted to know more about the people responsible for this somewhat random ranking.
According to their ‘About Us’ section, Big 7 Media prides itself as being a group of people that travel around the world and help fellow travelers prepare for their next adventure.
So, there’s that.
In any case, you can read the entire list and complete descriptions by clicking here.
No matter how you feel about the rankings, it’s safe to say every area of the country has an accent all their own. And that’s what makes America great.