The scone is a small quick bread of Scottish origin. They are usually made of wheat, barley or oatmeal, with baking powder as a leavening agent. The scone is a basic component of the cream tea or Devonshire tea.
The pronunciation of the word within the United Kingdom varies. According to one academic study, two-thirds of the British population pronounce it , rhyming with "con" and "John", with the preference rising to 99% in the Scottish population. The rest pronounce it , rhyming with "cone" and "Joan". British dictionaries usually show the "con" form as the preferred pronunciation, while recognizing that the "cone" form also exists.
The original scone was round and flat, usually the size of a medium size plate. It was made with unleavened oats and baked on a griddle then cut into triangle-like quadrants for serving.