Date: Fri, 10 Mar 1995 10:53:35 -0500 From: Anne McCoy 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? > > Peter McGraw > Linfield College > McMinnville, OR > > > I grew up in Tulsa, OK, and we always pronounced it like the state name, not Ar-KANSAS, Anne McCoy Columbia U. Press