How do you pronounce the word scone?
If you live in Scotland you almost certainly pronounce it in a way that rhymes with “gone”, whereas if you live in Ireland you’re far more likely to pronounce it so it rhymes with “cone.” And in England and Wales, well let’s just say it’s complicated.
Reedit user Bezzleford who created the map explains:
Anyone from the UK knows that the no.1 cause of family feuds is over the pronounciation of “Scone” (except maybe what kind of treat this is or the great dinner vs. tea debate). The data was collected by Cambridge university and managed to map the pronounciation of Scone across the UK and Ireland. Scone rhyming with gone is almost universal in Scotland whereas in England it’s a lot more controversial.
According to wiki Canadians and Australians also pronounce them rhyming with “gone” but I’d like to hear what other people have to say. Americans apparently pronounce them rhyming with “cone”
For anyone outside the UK a “scone” is a small bread/cake which is baked and lightly sweetened. Some people have compared them to the American word for “biscuit” but the two are very different in texture and how they’re eaten. While a biscuit is usually flaky and often eaten savoury, a scone is sweet, dense, crumbly and often served with butter or traditionally cream and strawberries.
I personally pronounce it rhyming with “cone” even though my parents say it rhymes with “gone”. This is inline with statistics that show younger people tend to pronounce is rhyming with “cone” rather than “gone”
So how do you pronounce it?