Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The St. Louis Accent Is One of the 10 Sexiest in the U.S., Study Says

Posted By on Tue, May 14, 2019 at 9:32 AM

click to enlarge Survey says: The St. Louis accent is damn attractive. - RYAN GINES
  • Survey says: The St. Louis accent is damn attractive.
We're sexy and they know it.

A new survey concludes that the St. Louis accent is the ninth sexiest in the U.S., beating out such attractive elocutions as the Cajun, the Minnesotan and even the Californian. Apparently, Stuart and Devin and their directionally obsessed pals ought to hear how sensually we pronounce "Farty-Far."

And lest this all sound like a joke, it's not. The Big 7 travel website polled its readers — of which there are 1.5 million, they'll have you know — and ranked 50 accents from across the nation. You'll recall from past coverage that St. Louis is one of the few "urban speech islands" in North America, which means we really do have an accent of our own. And the Big 7 readers ranked it at No. 9, just ahead of California and just behind Philadelphia.

Here's what the authors had to say about our sultry tones:
St. Louis, Missouri has some unique features of its own that make it different than the rest of the Midlands. Native speakers swap the ”ar” sound for “or” (as in “farty” for “forty” and “carn” for “corn”), so get ready to make the joke ‘I Farty-Far’ a lot.
Sounds, umm, sexy?

The top ten accents per Big 7 are below.

10. California
9. St. Louis
8. Philadelphia
7. Hawaii
6. Misssissippi
5. Chicago
4. Maine
3. New York
2. Boston
1. Texas

See also: 21 Words That St. Louis Natives Can't Pronounce for Shit

We welcome tips and feedback. Email the author at sarah.fenske@riverfronttimes.com
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