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The Official Debate: How to pronounce `Scone`!

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yawning801 Tue 19-Sep-17 19:39:05

<puts on hard hat, prepares for battering>

OK, this has probably been done to death (rather like the scones I made on Sunday, but that's a whole other story), but I am reigniting the debate.

So, MNetters, YOU decide:

"Scone" like "stone", or "scone" like "swan"?

Set your watches... go!

retainertrainer Tue 19-Sep-17 19:40:02

Scone as in gone.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Tue 19-Sep-17 19:40:28

Scone to rhyme with on.

Anything else is just wrong.

verystressedmum Tue 19-Sep-17 19:40:47

Scone like gone

BenLui Tue 19-Sep-17 19:41:20

Scone like gone unless you are referring to the place and then it's pronounced like scoon.

There is no debate. Scones are Scottish and that's how we pronounce it.

C0untDucku1a Tue 19-Sep-17 19:41:30

Of course it rhymes with gone or the joke wouldnt work!

oldlaundbooth Tue 19-Sep-17 19:42:06

However a Northerner says it is right.

SconNotScone Tue 19-Sep-17 19:43:02

I think my username gives you all I have to say on the matter!

oldlaundbooth Tue 19-Sep-17 19:44:10

A very wanky waiter give me a look of utter disgust when I pronounced it wrong in Islington or wherever the hell we were having afternoon tea.

I was young and daft.

Nowadays I'd have said something not sure what exactly

Twofishfingers Tue 19-Sep-17 19:45:28

Isn't it a regional thing though? these threads always surprise me - as a 'English-as-a-second-language' foriner, one of the first things I have learned from traveling around the country is that people have regional accents. I can't really believe it's an issue. Is there a posh way of saying it and a non posh way? and clearly the posh way is the correct way that should be imposed on everybody?

anyway, I say scone as in stone. I am prepared to change though.

yawning801 Tue 19-Sep-17 19:47:23

Well I've always been told I'm posh, two, and I say scone like stone.

Twofishfingers Tue 19-Sep-17 19:48:04

Cool. I'm posh too. Nice to meet you, or should I say How do you do

BenLui Tue 19-Sep-17 19:49:32

I'm Scottish and posh. It's scone like gone.

AlphaStation Tue 19-Sep-17 19:51:19

In English I say scones as 'stones' but in my own language I say scones to rhyme with 'swans'.

AngeloMysterioso Tue 19-Sep-17 19:52:21

Scone like gone

ILoveKermit Tue 19-Sep-17 19:53:48

Scone like stone


VioletCharlotte Tue 19-Sep-17 19:53:48

Scone like stone. (I'm in the south east)

MrsDustyBusty Tue 19-Sep-17 19:55:35

In Ireland, so scone like stone.

I've only ever heard scone like gone on the telly when people like David Mitchell are getting all aerated about the unseemly ignorance and general plebitude of people like me.

See also haitch.

MoonfaceAndSilky Tue 19-Sep-17 19:57:55

It has an 'e' on the end so is clearly scone like stone.
The end wink

Eolian Tue 19-Sep-17 19:59:36


The trouble is it seems to be partly regional and partly a class thing, and yet even that isn't reliable. Some people think one way is posh/southern (and therefore wrong, or right if they consider themselves posh!) and some think the other way is posh (ditto with the right/wrong thing).

Whereas at least with most of these pronunciation debates, it's pretty much agreed which is the posh version and which isn't!

I always think that scone to rhyme with 'bone' is a bit Hyacinth Bucket - i.e. wannabe posh but in fact quite the opposite. My very very posh friend says 'scon'. Most people I knew said scon until I moved up north, where lots say it the other way.

Eolian Tue 19-Sep-17 20:01:42

*It has an 'e' on the end so is clearly scone like stone.
The end*

Like 'gone' has an 'e' on then? grin
Perhaps we should all pronounce it 'scun' to rhyme with 'done'. grin

ThisIsntMyUsualName Tue 19-Sep-17 20:02:57

Scone like gone. Because it's the fastest cake.

shhhfastasleep Tue 19-Sep-17 20:06:17

Apparently there was a study across the UK as to which is more prevalent where. I’m from Lancashire where we say it properly(like gone) but there is a thread across part of Manchester where DH is from where they say it the wrong way grin like stone. I am just about accepting of his error because that’s how they all say it.

MoonfaceAndSilky Tue 19-Sep-17 20:10:01

Like 'gone' has an 'e' on then? grin

Oh yeah, ignore me then confusedgrin

bimbobaggins Tue 19-Sep-17 20:10:50

Scon here too. Scottish. I've never heard anyone call it scone

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