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Hey, yinz guys: Pittsburgh accent among ‘least sexy’ in America

Paul Guggenheimer
The Pittsburgh skyline at sunset viewed from above Point State Park, Monday, June 22, 2015.

Yinz better be sittin’ dahn with an Arn City beer for this news n’at.

The Pittsburgh accent is not sexy. Not even close, according to a recent survey by Big 7 Travel company.

The company asked 1.5 million people through social media to rank the 50 sexiest American accents.

Pittsburgh came in at 43. Not very flattering, but also not the ugliest accent, a ranking the city has been given in past surveys.

“’Yinz going dahntahn?’ The Western Pennsylvania English accent is often considered the ugliest in all of America, so Pittsburgh locals can feel lucky that they’ve escaped last place this time around,” said Big 7 Travel.

Fair enough. Then again, consider that millions of children around the world found Fred Rogers’ Pittsburgh accent to be a soothing source of warmth and encouragement.

The credibility of this survey could also be called into question because Philadelphia made the top 10, coming in eighth.

“One of the world’s most unique dialects is in the Delaware Valley — the infamous Philly talk. The words ‘fight’ and ‘bike’ sound more like ‘foit’ and ‘boik,’ while ‘very’ becomes ‘vurry.’ It’s a thick accent, but hey if it’s good enough for Will Smith …,” Big 7 Travel wrote.

Even the Appalachian and Pennsylvania Dutch accents finished higher than Pittsburgh, ranking 40 and 41 respectively.

Based on the results, those surveyed apparently decided the thicker the accent, the sexier it is. The top three were Texas followed by runner-up Boston and New York finishing third.

Paul Guggenheimer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-226-7706 or [email protected].

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