Study says New Zealanders have the world's sexiest accent

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Who would have thought! Apparently when us Kiwis open our mouths, a whole lot of sexiness comes out. 

A global poll by travel site Big 7 Travel has named the New Zealand accent the sexiest on Earth, describing it as "outrageously charming". 

"To a novice ear, the New Zealand accent might sound just like the Australian accent, but Big 7 Travel readers disagree... The sexiest accent in the world? It's official," the site, which claims to have an audience of 1.5 million, said. 

The Aussie accent, incidentally, came in at number five, those dropped or drawn-out vowels and insistence on calling the number six "sex" apparently making all the difference. 

The Irish accent came in third, with the site saying it's a turn on whether "it's a Jamie Dornan-esque Northern Irish accent or a lilting Cork jibe". 

The Italian, Scottish, French, Spanish, southern US and Brazilian Portuguese accents rounded out the top 10. 

"Clear, clipped and completely polished" Queen's English, incidentally, was ranked the twelfth sexiest.

 At the other end of the spectrum, the Croatian accent came in at number 50 on the list of 50, suggesting it's unlikely to talk many into bed, followed by the Romanian accent, described as "almost similar to Italian, but not quite there". 

The Thai, Pakistani and "harsh... yet super clear" German accents were also in the bottom five.