THE WORLD has spoken… and pronounced the New Zealand accent the sexiest twang on earth.
The Kiwi dialect of English apparently makes the 1.7 million readers of international travel website Big 7 Travel all hot and bothered, according to its recent survey.
The poll – which also ranked the South African and Irish brogues second and third, respectively – seduced readers into voting for the sexiest accent among the over 7,000 languages spoken worldwide.
The New Zealand accent – also referred to as “Newzild” – was judged to be “outrageously charming” and “officially the sexiest accent in the world”.
Big 7 Travel said South Africa’s Afrikaans drawl is “hugely popular, thanks to its unique tones and Saffa slang”; while the Irish accent, with its wide variety of dialects, is “loved by people the world over”.
Next to float the world’s boat, at number four, is Italian (“any word in Italian sounds sexy”) and Australian (“words are pronounced long and slow… a real turn on”).
Rounding out the top 10 sexiest accents are Scottish, French, Spanish, Southern US and Brazilian Portuguese.
The “Malaysian accent” (we assume Big 7 Travel is referring to the local version of English, known as “Manglish”) makes a surprise appearance at number 39, beating out Japanese, Chinese (Mandarin), German and Thai.
Aiseh – Mat Salleh think we sound sexy, woi. Dem syiok!
The world’s sexiest accents:
2. South African (Afrikaans)
9. Southern US
10. Brazilian Portuguese
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