Boston, MA– Italian. French. Portuguese. These are the languages, tongues, and accents that people from all over the world consider to be the most romantic and sexy voices. However, a new accent might be joining these ranks and it is one that people have surely never found to be actually attractive? Right? Because, honestly, Italian, French, Portuguese, and Bostonian just does not seem to be a reasonable list. It is like one of those segments on Sesame Street that begs the question, "Which one of these things just does not belong here?" The answer is obviously Bostonian. Right? Or am I going crazy?
A new survey by Big 7 Travel went viral for its rankings of the 50 sexiest American accents. Remarkably, the Boston accent was the second sexiest one, trailing only the Texan accent. Here's what the survey had to say about Bostonian dialect.
"One of America’s most imitated and parodied accents, Boston almost comes out on top of the country’s sexiest accents. And yes, just like Mahhhhk Wahlberg, locals really do say 'pahk yuh cahr in hahvuhd yahd.'"
The horrible butchering of the Boston accent through the most stereotypical phrases imaginable for Boston aside, the article offers no reasoning for why Boston actually ranks so high on the list, which prompted some humorous tweets in response to the survey. Blaine Capatch, Paul F. Tompkins, and Ben Ross all weighed in on the ranking.
There is a counterargument to be made, though. For every person like me and the above comedians who definitely do not find the Boston attractive, there are people out there who really like it. Actress and producer Mindy Kaling (and it must be said, Massachusetts native) has been on record saying that she finds the Boston accent attractive. Also, whoever compiled the list also clearly finds the accent attractive.
Look, I'm not saying it's a bad accent. It is pretty unique, distinct, and completely Boston. But to say it is the second most attractive in the entire country? Come on. Clearly these list makers are unfamiliar with the accents from Portland, Oregon. That's where it's at.