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Freddy Woo writes, "My wife thinks calling the front room a lounge is common. Worse, a friend of hers recently admonished her daughter for calling a toilet, a toilet. Lavatory darling. It's lavatory."

My own mother refused to let me use the word 'oblong' instead of 'rectangle'. Which is just odd, to be honest.

What stuff do you think is common?

(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:06)
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Which is which
I have lived all my life in the Mighty North of the UK although I have migrated from the eastern side to the Western and wherever I've lived I have happened upon a great debate taking place, which I shall thake this opportunity to canvas your opinions on/start a fight.


Is is posh to say scone (rhymes with gone) or scone (rhymes with cone)? Everyone I know Oop North wants to avoid being posh.

I've found no definitive answer to this in any place I've lived.

The most conclusive I've heard is, "They say 'scone' (rhymes with cone) down South, so 'scone' (rhymes with gone) must be correct."
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 14:18, 13 replies)
My two cents.
Somebody told me this years ago but I have no idea as to the truth of it.

"Scones" were invented by the Scottish way back when, when they were made unsweetened and made from oat meal not (flour) corn. (My memory is failing here but I think I recall (WTF)) that eating scones had something to do with the "Stone of Scone" which was an ancient Scottish ceremony site (like a coronation stone). And one pronounces scone in "Stone of Scone" like it rhymes with "gone". SO if the Scotish did invent scones, and the tale is true, then we should follow their example thus it is "Scone" rhymes with gone.

(Mass apologies to all the Scots if this tale is full of errors. )
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 14:36, closed)
. . . the Scots pronounce 'Scone' as in the Stone of Scone as 'scooooooon'.

just to balls things up further
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 14:50, closed)
As a bona fide Scot...
I pronounce Scone (as in bready thing) like I pronounce 'gone'.
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 14:59, closed)
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 15:05, closed)
my view
can't remember where I heard this, but it's correctly pronounced to rhyme with gone, and people pronounce it rhyming with cone to sound posh.

here's a rule for you: real posh people don't give a shit about sounding or looking posh
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 15:25, closed)
A better word to use for this debate, I reckon, is bath. Because I live near the city of Bath, and pronounce it 'barth', not 'baff' like some filthy northerner. Go and take a barth, the lot of you.
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 15:38, closed)
I'm Northern, doing Missionary work in the South.
It is a scone (rhymes with cone). But if I want to ask for one down here, then I must say scone (rhymes with gone) or else I am met with "a what love?".

However, if you should stop on the M4 services near Aldermaston and ask the delightfully pretty dark haired girl on the till for a scone (cone) or a scone (gone), you will get blank looks. She only speaks Polish.

So, I ask for a table dance instead. (I live in hope)
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 16:21, closed)
from my extensive research
conducted at dull university meal times, I have concluded that it is however your family pronounce, not where you come from or how posh you are
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 17:15, closed)
I'm from the south
and I say it to rhyme with 'gone'.
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 17:36, closed)
I'm a southerner, but I pronounce it to rhyme with gone.

Purely because of the old joke

"What's the fastest food in the world? Scone!"
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 19:57, closed)
Rhymes with cone, ergo scone.

Scone (gone) surely would be scon, no?

Edit: To confuse the issue, I'm a midlander moolighting in the south, whereby I've found they pronouce it scon, the weirdos. But recalling a time when my parents had some Scottish (or were living in Scotchland) friends down, they were also of the scon type.
(, Tue 21 Oct 2008, 21:14, closed)
you're quite right.

The word ends with an 'e' - so rhymes with cone.
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 13:33, closed)
no you're wrong.
What about 'gone' 'one' 'done' 'none' ?
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 14:51, closed)

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