I recently read that a survey of 12000 people around the world has voted the British accent the worlds sexiest. Initially I was amused but I’m calling bullshit on this survey, firstly because there is no such thing as a British accent (us Brits have hundreds of accents) and secondly anyone with ears knows that the Irish accent is the sexiest on earth. If you are a Brit hoping to go abroad and have some luck because of your accent remember that many people wouldn’t recognise a British accent if it walked up to them and asked them for a pot of Earl Grey. I’d also like to know which British accent people find so sexy because I’m fairly sure it isn’t mine. Is it Sean Connery’s? The voice of the announcer on the London Underground? It certainly can’t be Scouse!
I don’t care whether my accent is considered sexy or not (I’m married after all) but I would like it to be actually identifiable as British. Whilst in the US I have been asked if I’m from Australia, Ireland, South Africa and even on one particularly memorable occasion, France! I find these moments more amusing than irritating; it’s the occasions when people can’t understand me at all that I find frustrating. I’ve been sat chatting to an American having a conversation and when the waitress came to take our orders she couldn’t understand a word I said. It’s really strange that some people will understand everything I say while other times I have to use my wife as a translator. In case you are assuming that I mumble a lot a recent thread on the Boston Brits Facebook page showed that a lot of other Brits have the same issue with not being understood over here too.
So where do I go from here? Do I adopt the kind of accent that Americans will be familiar with from shows like Downton Abbey so they understand me better? Do I speak really, really slowly to give people a better chance or do I adopt an atrocious fake American accent? Although my wife (and others) have told me that my fake US accent is an affront to the ears and asked me to please stop it’s perhaps telling that my US Android phone understands me better when I issue voice commands using it! Whichever method I adopt is probably still sexier than not being understood right?