Date: Fri, 10 Mar 1995 10:53:35 -0500
From: Anne McCoy aam10[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]COLUMBIA.EDU
Subject: Re: Arkansas Tangent
On Thu, 9 Mar 1995, Peter McGraw wrote:
In response to Leonard Schiefer's tangent: My grandmother, who lived most
of her life in Oklahoma, pronounced the Arkansas River as "Ar-KANSAS,"
and when I asked why, explained that it was because it flowed between
Arkansas and Kansas. Many years later a fellow grad student, who hailed
from Ft. Smith, Arkansas, insisted that the river was pronounced just like
the state, and said he also didn't recall hearing any other pronunciation
on radio stations based in nearby Oklahoma. Does anyone have any light to
shed on this?
I grew up in Tulsa, OK, and we always pronounced it like the state name,
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