Never let it be said that I don’t tackle even the toughest subjects on my blog. Tpday it’s one of those questions that have divided people through the ages, even more so than Brexit, Turmp Vs Clinton or brown sauce and red sauce. It is of course, how do you pronounce that most English of delicacies, the humble scone.
There are two basic options and you can either pronounce scone to rhyme with ‘gone’ or ‘bone’?
A poll by YouGov has settled the debate once and for all with the revelation that most Britains pronounce it to rhyme with ‘gone’.
YouGov said: ‘Those living in the North (60 per cent) and Scotland (80 per cent) overwhelmingly use the ‘gone’ pronunciation, while those in the Midlands (56 per cent) and London (50 per cent) are much more likely to go with the ‘bone’ option.’
The difference in pronunciation usually changes across regions, but it can also be affected by social grade. However generally speaking, even if in the South and your pronounce it with the elongated ‘bone’ sound, the chances are that you are in the minority.
Coming from the North, I’ve alwaye gone with the ‘gone’ method or speaking and I’m not sure anyone in my social circle goes with the other way of speaking even though I now live in the London area. Or perhaps contrary to popular beliefe, British people don’t actually eat scones every day and I don’t think I’ve eaten one with friends…. ever so maybe they all are humouring me and when they order scones they speak differently! I do hear most of my American tourists opting for the ‘bone’ method however.
So, that may well be the end of one argument about scones but will there ever be a resolution to the classic argument of which order the classic scone tippings of jam and cream should be administered to the scone. In the county of Devon, the method is to spread cream on the scone and then the jam whilst in neighbouring Cornwall, jam is spread on the scone with cream on top.
Nationwide it seems only 21 per cent of people use the traditional Devon method of spreading cream first, then jam.
Of course to me it is all a moot point as I like savoury foods more than sweet ones so the Cornish and Devon style scones both look quite disgusting to me. My preference instead of having fruit scones is to have grated cheese in my scones and that goes best with simple melted butter. Yummy!
How do you pronounce “scone” and how would you have yours?