Tonge Pronunciation : Artlcle from The Independent
regarding pronunciation of the word Tongue in England and particularly Bolton.
Link to original article
13th June 2016
Independent web site contained an article about regional variations in
the UK of pronounciation of a number of words like three, splinter,
arm, butter, last, new and tongue (the latter being the one of
particular interest to me). Their article compared a study from
the 1950s with data from 2016.
How do you say “TONGUE”? If you pronounce the “g” then you're from Bolton or Preston. Everyone else gives it a soft “ng” sound.
Back in the day, the hard “g” in “TONGUE” was much more common in Stoke and Merseyside.