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What is the correct pronunciation of ‘scone’?

We may finally have an answer

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What is the correct pronunciation of ‘scone’?

It's taken centuries, but the nation may have finally reached a consensus on how to pronounce 'scone' correctly, thereby solving a very British problem. 

The survey also sought to put to bed another age-old scone debate - which comes first, the jam or the cream?

It's a debate that has raged in every office and home across the land for many, many years - do you pronounce it 'scone' as in 'gone', or 'scone' as in 'bone'? 

Now, finally, the debate appears to have been settled. Sort of. 

A YouGov survey has revealed that the majority of Brits (51%) agree the correct pronounciation is to rhyme it with 'gone'. By comparison, around four in ten Brits (42%) rhyme it with 'bone' (we have no idea how the remaining 7% are pronouncing it - maybe they just can't make up their minds). 

So, 'gone' wins, albeit only by a nose. 

The survey also found that the way you pronounce 'scone' is strongly influenced by where you live. 'Those living in the North (60%) and Scotland (80%) overwhelmingly use the “gone” pronunciation, while those in the Midlands (56%) and London (50%) are much more likely to go with the “bone” option,' the report explains. 

The survey also sought to put to bed another age-old scone debate - which comes first, the jam or the cream? Here, the Cornish method (jam first) came out on top, with 61% of the vote. Sorry Devon. 

 

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So, there you have it. It's pronounced 'scone' as in 'gone' and you spread your jam on first. 

Now you can get on with just enjoying your afternoon scone and a nice cuppa without all that arguing.