Scone (skɒn,skəʊn) noun: a small unsweetened or lightly sweetened cake made from flour, fat, and milk and sometimes having added fruit

How is this pronounced? Some people say s co ne and some people say sc on e. Is there any evidence that suggests that either is the correct way to pronounce this word? If not, Is there a way which suggests how to say it depending on your location?


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There is a complex pattern of variation. In the British isles this is regional, and class based. The Unversity of Cambridge did research on this. The orange areas show where "scone" rhymes with "gone", in blue areas, scone rhymes with "cone", and in yellow areas both pronunciations are common.

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As an English learner you can be confident that both pronunciations are known and accepted. You should use whichever you prefer.

  • I can confirm this, growing up near Stoke-on-Trent "scone" was pronounced to rhyme with "cone", however my family (originally from north Wales) pronounced it to rhyme with "gone". Commented Jun 6, 2017 at 3:47

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