it bothers me that Kansas and Arkansas are not pronounced the same
I’m from the UK and I have been pronouncing Arkansas as Ar-Kansas my whole life
For all my non-american friends, Arkansas is pronounced ark-an-saw
if this bothers you look at towns in eastern iowa/western illinois you think you can pronounce them but you’re wrong
I’m sure there’s a ton of reasons why this is but growing up in Kansas all I ever heard was that we pronounced the Arkansas River exactly it as it was spelled because it had our state name in it.
BUT, if you’re not talking about the River and you just mean the state of Arkansas, we pronounce it like “Arr-can-saw.”
Arkansas River? Pronounced exactly as it’s spelled.
State of Arkansas? “Arr-can-saw.”
I also want to punt everyone who pronounces the S in Illinois.
The name of the river isn’t always pronounced that way. Everyone I know in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee pronounces it just like the state: Ar-can-saw.
That said, YES to the town names thing. In Tennessee, we have a Milan, but if you pronounce it like the city in Italy, no one will have a clue what you’re talking about. It’s pronounced “MYlin.”
Also, large portions of Southeastern Missouri (the bootheel) pronounce the state “Missourah.” With my mom’s family being from there, so do I. Always a fun conversation.