The UK is known for its plethora of regional accents and let’s be honest, some are more pleasing to the ear than others.
While we’re aware that preferences in accents vary from person to person – some may love love a Northern twang, while others prefer an Irish accent – new research has revealed the accents we as Brits find most attractive as a whole.
According to a survey conducted by Galabingo.com, there’s a particular accent we Brits go mad for, and it may surprise you.
The results showed that it is in fact the Scottish accent that is deemed the most desirable to people in the UK, with a reported 17 per cent of people finding it the most attractive accent.
It was followed closely by the Welsh accent, which received 13 per cent of the votes, while the Northern Irish accent came in as the third most attractive UK accent with 12 per cent – a surprise considering this is often a very popular choice.
Another top five entry was the Newcastle or ‘Geordie’ accent as it is known as, scoring 11 per cent and coming in right behind Northern Ireland at fourth place. Meanwhile the West Country accent, heard in places like Devon, Cornwall and Dorset placed fifth with just eight per cent of votes.
Here’s the full list of the UK’s favourite accents:
Scottish – 15%
Geordie – 12%
Welsh – 12%
Northern Irish – 10%
West Country – 8%
Yorkshire – 8%
Cockney – 6%
Received Pronunciation – 6%
Scouse – 5%
East Midlands – 3%
As well as accents, Galabingo.com, also looked into other qualities such as trust, ranking the regions with the most trustworthy sounding accent. And guess what? Scotland came out on top once again, with 14 per cent of the participants in the survey voting Scottish people as the most trustworthy. The result was closely followed by the Yorkshire accent, which was voted as the second most trustworthy accent with 13 percent.
Interesting stuff, eh?