The argument about the pronunciation of scone:-
skoʊn, skɒn noun 1. a small, light, biscuitlike quick bread made of oatmeal, wheat flour, barley meal, or the like.
reappeared in the pub last night, as usual with no-one being able to produce a convincing argument about which of skoʊn or skɒn was correct. So I'd like to know, is there any historical or etymological reason for one to be preferred to the other?
In my travels up and down the country I have heard it both ways whereever I have lived, but is there a regional or geographic divide for the pronunciation? Do non-British English speakers also have this argument?