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Burning Questions: How do you pronounce the word scone? Is there just one correct way?
WHEN can an innocent looking cake spark a fight? When it’s a scone.
Surely one of the most controversial words in the English language, the issue of how to correctly pronounce it is fiercely contested.
According to Oxford Dictionaries, it has been enough to “end friendships, destroy marriages, and tear families asunder”.
The site does admit this is perhaps an exaggeration but it illustrates the point about how divisive this simple little five-letter word can be.
Do you think it should be said with a cone or con sound? Should it rhyme with Joan or John?
Do you think any less of someone who in your opinion mispronounces it or do you think either version is acceptable?
Add your comments below.
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