Poll Reveals UK’s Most Annoying Accents

A poll has revealed the UK’s most annoying accents. 

The Knowledge Academy asked over 2000 adults from around the country which dulcet tones felt the most like nails on a chalkboard, and it’s not good news for those from the South of England.

In fact, when played a clip of a cockney accent, participants could only last 58 seconds.

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Geordie and Glaswegian were one of the most popular accents. Credit: Instagram/@antanddec

When it came to listening to a clip of an Essex accent they lasted 1 minute and 52 seconds. Which seems impressive, until you learn that they lasted a whopping 4 minutes and 19 seconds listening to a Geordie voice.

According to language specialist Yelena McCafferty, people are often drawn to voices that make them feel the most at home.

The expert told Daily Star: “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. It makes us think that the person is from our own community, which is important for us on the subconscious level.

“When we hear someone for the first time, we make assumptions because it’s our survival instinct: we need to see who is our friend and who is our foe based on comparisons to ourselves and someone we know.”

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Here’s how long people could listen to each accent:

  • Cockney: 58 secs
  • 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 secs
  • Glasgow: 3 mins 27 secs
  • Plain English: 4 mins 11 secs
  • Geordie: 4 mins 19 secs

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.