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President George Washington called Charlotte, a "trifling place" during his visit to the city in 1791. But it's certainly changed since then. WFAE's Tasnim Shamma explores the ins-and-outs of Charlotte in this podcast.Subscribe: Use iTunes Use Another Player RSS

'Cupid' Ranks Southern Drawl Most Attractive in North America


Turns out the “lilting twang of the South” is the most attractive accent in North America, according to a “study” by Cupid.com. From their press release:

When it comes to romance, most of us dream of long lazy days in the sun, epic sunsets and, ahem, rolls in the hay.

The popular dating website says of the 2,000 people they polled, more than 36 percent ranked Southern first. (Men prefer Southern accents by 45 percent, ranking it first, compared to 28 percent of women).

Consume the "rankings" with a huge grain of salt:

  1. Southern 
  2. New York 
  3. Western
  4. New England 
  5. New Jersey
  6. Canadian 
  7. Midwestern 
  8. Mid-Atlantic

To see if there was any truth to it, we decided to do an informal poll of singles at WFAE and also found a strong preference for the Southern accent. Here's our ranking:  

  1. Southern (5) 
  2. New York (1) 
  3. Western (1) 
  4. Canadian (1) 
  5. Midwestern (1) 

In the “other” category: two votes for “General American” (whatever that is … ), two for British and one each for Afrikaan, Scottish, Italian and Australian.
Most of us voted for Southern. But if you live here, you know it’s hard to pin down what a Southerner sounds like, let alone a Charlottean. For a more nuanced look at the origins and evolution of the Charlotte accent, listen back to our podcast: A Trifling Place, Episode 9: And The Charlotte Accent Is ...