Jersey Strong: The New Jersey Accent Holds Its Own in National Popularity Ranking

Ted Rivers

Get ready to celebrate in true Garden State style – our unique New Jersey accent has made it to the top 20 list of America's favorite accents, according to a recent study by Word Tips.

Yes, that's right! We're officially on the map - not just for our beautiful shorelines, bustling cities, and scrumptious Taylor ham sandwiches - but also for the distinct way we talk.

The study, which analyzed how positively Twitter users talk about 165 accents throughout the United States, Britain, and 104 other countries around the world, put New Jersey's distinctive lilt at a positivity rating of 23.6%. That's right up there with accents from Texas, Maine, and Long Island. The research used a Hugging Face AI algorithm to analyze the positivity of over half a million tweets, with our regional accent garnering some real affection.

Now, the top spot for the U.S. was taken by New Orleans, at a positivity rating of 46.4%. But hey, we're not ones to back down from a challenge. Let's show 'em the spirit of the Jersey Shore, and aim for that number one spot next time!

But it wasn't just American accents taking center stage. The research also found that accents are emotional. Scientifically, it's been found that betrayal hurts more when it's by someone whose accent you trust versus someone whose accent you don’t. This highlights the importance of accents and how they resonate with our feelings and perceptions.

And while we're talking about accents, let's not forget the celebs who charm us with their distinctive tones. Idris Elba took the title of the world’s favorite celebrity accent with a whopping positivity rating of 77.7%. Looks like his charming British accent is winning hearts around the globe.

Your Thoughts

But let's bring it back home. We want to hear what you think about this ranking. Are you proud of our accent's standing? Who do you think should be on the top spot? And more importantly, what does your accent say about you?

Let us know in the comments section below, and remember, whether it's about pumping our own gas or defending our honor on the 'Parkway' – we're Jersey, and we're proud of it!


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