If sounding sexy is the name of game, choose your vowels carefully
An MIT linguist, Amy Perfors, found it out by posting photos with fake names on the Web site, "Hot or Not", which allows the face police to rate strangers' looks. She found that men's photos tagged with "front vowel" names (say, Matt) were rated as more attractive than the same photos labeled with "back vowel" names (Paul). The opposite was true for women. (Rose: not sexy. I think.)
I don't know what those zany MIT linguists will come up with next. My feelings are mixed on this study, as my first name vowel is front, but not tensed. I think this would make me sexy. On the other hand, I've never been accused of being such.