We’re not sure how this has possibly happened but the Irish accent has, on occasion, dipped in the world ranking of sexiness. 

The Time Out Global Dating Survey found that the British accent is the world’s favorite, followed by the American accent and then poor old Ireland and Australia. Imagine how the French feel? Once considered the language of love, only to find themselves in fifth place with just 7.7% of the vote.

Back in 2009, the Irish accent was found to be sexiest according to OnePoll.com, with Colin Farrell being the leading light of scrumptiousness, but the glory didn't last for long.

The Time Out survey questioned 11,000 people in 24 cities around the world.

More than a quarter of all respondents said that the British accent was their favorite and it was most popular in Paris, New York and Sydney.

The same survey also found that Paris was ranked as the city with the best dating scene, followed by Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Chicago, and London.

Our theory is that the folks at the Time Out Global Dating Survey must have made a mistake and forgotten to visit Irish cities! That must be it – right?!

Let us know your favorite accent below.

Read more: Top ten signs you're losing your Irish accent

* Originally published in 2013.

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