Survey - How do you pronounce SCONE?

We home educate our 8 yr old daughter and she has set up this survey to try and find out whether where you grow up influences your chosen pronounciation of the word 'scone'.  We'd be very grateful if you'd take part and share the link so that we get a large sample size for most accuarate results!


Faye and Sally

Age4-5, 5-7, 7-11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19, FE/HE
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Hi Faye and Sally,

I was born in Liverpool in 1963, only lived there untill I was 11 years old, then moved to Runcorn in Cheshire. I lived in Cheshire for 20 years then moved to Lancashire. 

I pronounce the word 'scone' with an O for orange, not a O for bone.

Hope that helps, good luck with your study.

Elaine (Teaching assistant in primary school).



I live in the South east of England and I was taught to pronounce scone as you would bone.

Great research .

Well Done



I grew up in rural Essex, and have lived most of my adult life (since 1993) in West Yorkshire.

I pronounce it with a short O, as in orange, not a long one, as in bone, and always have done.

Interested to hear what you find out!


Mrs Le Blond

Hi Faye and Sally,

I live in North Lanarkshire in Scotland and I would pronounce "scone" in the same way as you do, with the short vowel sound of o, as in orange.

Although, you now have me doubting myself as I would pronounce cone, as in ice-cream cone, with the long vowel sound as in bone! 

I would be intrigued to find out the results of your survey. Good Luck!

Ann Le Blond

GfL Matt

If you are in Scotland, and if we are speaking of the place Scone, then you pronounce it 'Skoon'...…


Born in the North East but moved to Surrey at the age of 3. 

Scone as in 'S-gone' rather than 'S-cone' - Isn't that why it is the fastest cake on the planet?


This is music to my ears! I have had many a heated discussion about this! I pronounce it as a long vowel, as in relation to phonics it is a split digraph. I always say that we don't say stonne, we say stone (relation to pebbles) so that's also why it should be pronounced sc-o-n-e with the long vowel sound or as some people say magic e! 

I am from a small town in Essex, near to Suffolk. I don't know many people who say it with a short vowel but there are more people from London fringes moving near here that the accent is changing, it is now quite common to hear the cockney London twang mixed with Essex accent that people will know from TOWIE. So maybe that will have an influence soon? Or not? 

Interested to see the results! 


I live, and grew up, in Wiltshire and pronounce scone to rhyme with stone. However, my husband also lives and grew up in Wilts and pronounces scone to rhyme with gone....


Hi.  I'm from the Lake District and have lived in Cumbria most of my life, apart from a stint in the Highlands and Yorkshire.  I say scone with the short vowel sound, to rhyme with gone.

The reference earlier to  the o _e split digraph is an interesting one, as we wouldn't say the long 'o' sound in the word gone, (so we pronounce it 'goan') which technically also has the split digraph and an e at the end of the word, but I appreciate the argument.

 It shows just how diverse our language is, which is part of its brilliance and frustration!