Date: Thu, 9 Mar 1995 08:26:31 -0800 From: Peter McGraw Subject: Arkansas Tangent 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? Peter McGraw Linfield College McMinnville, OR