Most annoying accents named in poll – and it’s bad news for London and Essex

Is your accent irritating to others? If you’re a Cockney or hail from Essex, your voice may sound like nails on a chalkboard to some.

According to the Mirror, The Knowledge Academy polled 2,357 about their favourite twangs.

And a number of accents from the South East of England were deemed to be the most annoying out there.

On the flip side, participants said they can’t get enough of comforting Geordie and Glaswegian tones.

According to language specialist Yelena McCafferty, people tend to be drawn to accents that make them feel most at home.

These voices sound more trustworthy, which is probably why we like listening to them a lot more.

Yelena said: “Our reaction to accents says more about us than about the accents themselves.

“People are attracted to accents which sound familiar and it’s only natural that we tend to trust and like somebody who speaks like us.”

So how does your accent come across to others?

How long people could stand to listen to accents

  • Cockney – 58 seconds
  • Queen’s English – 1 min 32 secs
  • Essex – 1 min 51 secs
  • South Wales – 2 mins 17 secs
  • Birmingham – 2 mins 34 secs
  • Liverpool – 2 mins 41 secs
  • Yorkshire – 3 mins 1 sec
  • Glasgow – 3 mins 27 secs
  • Plain English – 4 mins 11 secs
  • Newcastle – 4 mins 19 secs

Previously, research looked into which accents were seen as the most sexually attractive.

It so happens that the sexiest female accent is German, while it's Scottish for lads.

Unfortunately for the English though, they didn't make the top 8 lineup.

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