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May 21, 2010


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Barrie Turner

Though it didn't appear last night to provide a definitive answer for a 3-way social networking site mini survey I initiated based on the regional variations/poshness/simple prejudice around the pronunciation of the word 'scone,' your post at least enlivened the, er ... 'debate.'

Maybe I'd have spotted the definitive answer if I'd started earlier in the evening? ;)


Virtual Linguist

Thanks, Barrie; glad to hear it! Funnily enough, I had a cream tea with a group of people yesterday and the conversation got very heated over whether one should put the jam on the scone first, or the cream - the people around the table demonstrated both methods. The scone has a lot to answer for!


Some next level old post, but I am still continuously amazed at how random it seems to be. I live in London, as do most of my friends, most of us our whole lives (or at least, certainly until our pronunciation of scone had been consolidated), and I can't work out any pattern in who pronounces it which way, same for everyone I meet and seem to compulsively ask the question to.

Virtual Linguist

Thanks, D. yes, it's very frustrating!

Phil J

A little jam first, and then a slice of Wensleydale. That's the way to eat a scone.

Virtual Linguist

Thanks, Phil. You should pass on that idea to Marks and Spencer - they're selling Wensleydale and other cheeses mixed with fruit and other sweet things at the moment.

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