Date: Thu, 9 Mar 1995 23:06:56 -0800
From: Anton Sherwood dasher[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NETCOM.COM
Leonard Schiefer asks:
A tangent: Why are sharpening stones quarried in the state of Arkansas
called Ar-KANSAS stones (pronounced like the state of Kansas) instead
of ARKANSAS stones (pronounced like the state of the same spelling)?
The name of the state hasn't always been consistently pronounced. I read
somewhere (probably in NAMES ON THE LAND) that the state's first Senators
disagreed, and the President of the Senate distinguished them as "the
gentleman from ARkansaa" and "the gentleman from arKANsass"!
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