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NY Disney fan 01-06-2013 08:39 PM

$100 to whoever can answer why
 
Why is Arkansas not pronounced like Kansas? I know one begins with Ark- but...

Theta 01-06-2013 08:40 PM

To whomever...

thedonduck 01-06-2013 08:42 PM

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Originally Posted by NY Disney fan
Why is Arkansas not pronounced like Kansas? I know one begins with Ark- but...

I do believe it has to do with the translation/pronunciation made from two different Native groups into French!

happygirl 01-06-2013 08:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Theta (Post 47105961)
To whomever...

Have no fear the spelling police has arrived.

OP I think you answered your own question

Elainey 01-06-2013 08:44 PM

Actually in Kansas Arkansas (River) is pronounced Ar-Kansas. However, the state is pronounced Ark-an-saw--not sure why the difference.

Gumbo4x4 01-06-2013 08:44 PM

I spent a night in Arkansas City, KS once. Friend who lives in the area told me I was pronouncing it wrong when I called it Arkansaw City :confused3

Combos 01-06-2013 08:45 PM

don't know about the enunciation, but it is the only (US) state name that encapsulates the full name of another state.

happygirl 01-06-2013 08:47 PM

http://www.funtrivia.com/askft/Question25938.html

Rylee 01-06-2013 08:50 PM

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Originally Posted by NY Disney fan (Post 47105935)
Why is Arkansas not pronounced like Kansas? I know one begins with Ark- but...

Were you watching the history channel today?

NY Disney fan 01-06-2013 08:53 PM

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Originally Posted by happygirl (Post 47106065)

Thanks. If I actually had $100 I would give it to you.

Cheshire Figment 01-06-2013 09:28 PM

The different pronunciations are by Act of Congress. I know I have seen detailed information on this, but I cannot provide a citation.

FlightlessDuck 01-07-2013 07:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Theta (Post 47105961)
To whomever...

OT: I think OP is right.

"Whom" is a pronoun used as a direct object, and that includes being used as the object of a preposition: "To whom did you give the $100 dollars?"

But in this case, the object is not the pronoun, but rather the clause "X can answer why is Arkansas not pronounced like Kansas". Replace "X" with any other pronoun. You would use "He" or "She"... not "Him or Her".

Take the sentence: "Who can can answer why Arkansas is not pronounced like Kansas?" "Who" is correct.

"$100 to whoever can answer why Arkansas is not pronounced like Kansas".

nd5056 01-07-2013 08:45 AM

Just like here, Chicago's own people pronounce it starting with "SH" while many New Yorkers used to pronounce it with "CH"...

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SSDonut 01-07-2013 08:49 AM

Well, my almost 12-year-old DD pronounces it: Ar-kan-Sauce. She has known for a few years now that this is wrong, but she "just likes to say it that way," and it always makes me smile. :)

Stitchfans 01-07-2013 10:20 AM

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Originally Posted by nd5056 (Post 47109643)
Just like here, Chicago's own people pronounce it starting with "SH" while many New Yorkers used to pronounce it with "CH"...

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Exactly. And do not forget our silent S on the end of Illinois.

Never thought about that though, OP, very interesting.


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