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Old 01-07-2013, 11:28 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Stitchfans View Post
Exactly. And do not forget our silent S on the end of Illinois.
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:30 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Elainey View Post
Actually in Kansas Arkansas (River) is pronounced Ar-Kansas. However, the state is pronounced Ark-an-saw--not sure why the difference.
My in-laws all live in Kansas. For the most part, they all just call it Ark City an that takes care of the confusion. My advice is to just do that from now on to avoid the same situation over and over.

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The different pronunciations are by Act of Congress. I know I have seen detailed information on this, but I cannot provide a citation.
My husband (again, from Kansas) told me that Arkansas actually has it in their constitution how the state is supposed to be pronounced. I asked if Kansas had anything about proper pronunciation and he said it didn't. I asked him if that meant I should call his home state "Kan-saw". That got me quite the look.

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