December 24th, 2016

white horse

People who live in grass houses shouldn't throw scones

I was watching a British YouTube video and had to tune my ear in to the accent of the presenter. I was listening to her pronunciation of scones, when it occurred to me, not for the first time, how odd it was.

We Americans would say skohnz for the biscuit-like things. We would also typically pronounce the Scottish town of Scone as Skohn. In Britain, however, the biscuity scones are pronounced skonnz, while the Scottish town is Skoon.

I'm sure this all has something to do with Noah Webster, who taught Americans to say fore-head and waist-coat instead of forrid and weskit.