Scone vs scone: The debate if it’s pronounced more like gone or bone

It is the argument that has divided the nation for even longer than Brexit.

But a new debate has erupted over the way Britons pronounce scone, as it emerged those in the South West and South East are most conflicted.

In the South West 45 per cent of people say it should rhyme with ‘gone’, but 52 per cent think it should rhyme with ‘bone’.

A new debate has erupted over the way Britons pronounce scone, as it emerges those in the South West and South East are most conflicted

A new debate has erupted over the way Britons pronounce scone, as it emerges those in the South West and South East are most conflicted

A new debate has erupted over the way Britons pronounce scone, as it emerges those in the South West and South East are most conflicted

Those in the South East are also split, but it is marginally the other way as 51 per cent go with the ‘gone’ rhyme, compared to 45 per cent with ‘bone’, according to The Midland Hotel study.

Cream on jam or jam on cream?

Chef Tom Kerridge waded into the jam/cream debate

Chef Tom Kerridge waded into the jam/cream debate

Chef Tom Kerridge waded into the jam/cream debate

Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge reignited the ‘cream or jam first’ debate earlier this year.

He said it was ‘bonkers’ to suggest the jam should be spread on a scone before the cream.

He was responding to comedian Dawn French, a passionate advocate of the Cornish way, which is to put jam on first.

The vast majority of people in Scotland, the North East and Northern Ireland say it should rhyme with ‘gone’.

Yet those in the East Midlands, Greater London and Yorkshire heavily back ‘bone’.

When it comes to drinks, 39 per cent of people say that they prefer Breakfast Tea with the afternoon delicacy.

This is followed by Prosecco at 27 per cent and Earl Grey at 26 per cent.

Meanwhile, of the 1,364 people surveyed, egg-based sandwiches came out as the top choice.

Egg mayonnaise and egg and cress were both the filling of choice by 36.9 per cent of those asked.

For those with a sweeter tooth, lemon drizzle cake took the top spot with 53 per cent of people saying it should be part of an afternoon tea, followed closely by strawberry tart at 51.3 per cent.

In the South West 45 per cent of people say it should rhyme with 'gone', but 52 per cent think it should rhyme with 'bone'

In the South West 45 per cent of people say it should rhyme with 'gone', but 52 per cent think it should rhyme with 'bone'

In the South West 45 per cent of people say it should rhyme with ‘gone’, but 52 per cent think it should rhyme with ‘bone’

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