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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.

John Cynddylan

This whole argument is spurious. The fact is that the names themselves speak FOR themselves BUT you have to understand that the words are neither English or Gaelic. They are Native BRITISH. Ystaen meaning "tin" or a stone assumed to hasve been tin because of its appearance and weight - - -and the word "scone" which is written SGWN and pronounced SKOON. It means "superior,fleet, mighty,the best etc.. Hence "The (tin) Stone of the Mighty".The language is of the early centuries A.D. BEFORE the coming of the Gaels,in force,to the Island of Britain.

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