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  Tonge Pronunciation : Artlcle from The Independent  regarding pronunciation of the word Tongue in England and particularly Bolton.

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13th June 2016

The 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.

UK Map - Pronunciation in 2016

Back in the day, the hard “g” in “TONGUE” was much more common in Stoke and Merseyside.

UK Map - Pronunciation in 1950s