How do i pronounce Arkansas

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  1. B_mitchymo

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    Is it as spelt, AR-KAN-SAS or is it AR-KAN-SAW?

    I've always referred to it as the latter and never been corrected but i was talking to a colleague today and she said the first one, i did'nt question it cos i knew what she meant.
     
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    The latter is correct.

    In defiance of all logic.
     
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    It's AR-KAN-SAW. With accent on the first syllable.
     
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    Thanx for the clarity guys. :)
     
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    You have been given the correct information, but I like saying it incorrectly...it makes me smile. By the same token whenever I have been to Kansas City, I always say I was in Kan Saw City!
     
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    So why is Kansas pronounced kan-zuhs? Shouldn't it be kan-saw? :smile:

    (somebody had to ask)
     
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    It's pronounced SHIT-hole: accent on the first syllable.
     
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    Don't let them shit you, mitchymo.:cool:
    It's Ar-KAN-zus, pretty much phonetically.
    (Gawd, I love American irony ... but it's pretty much taken over, innit?)
     
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    I could care less. :rolleyes::biggrin1:
     
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    Hillbilly Heaven
     
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    It's one big fuggetabowdit.

    HG's gonna be all over you for this thread, Mitchy. ;-)
     
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    Yes it is...with the same unreasonable logic that, you as an Englishman can probably most relate to mitchymo, Leichester Square is pronounced as Lester Square. Another example off the top of my head is Greenwich Village in NYC being pronounced as Grenitch Village. Actually it would make an interesting thread or a complete waste of time to list names pronounced differently then the spelling suggests. ie...knight or just about any word that starts with ph :smile:,...
     
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    Don't let them shit you, mitchy.
     
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    Worcester is Wooster
    Haverhill is Haavrill
    Peobody is Pbd
    Billericka is Billrika
     
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    It sure would stretch and I have a couple to add stright to the pot.

    Back in Northumberland we had a village near us called Ulgham but pronounced Uffham.

    In Aberdeenshire, Scotland there was a Town near us called Findochty but everyone called it Finechty :confused:

    The icing on the cake was another town near us is Aberdeenshire Called Aberchirder (first c is silent). The town has been referred to as Foggie for years and years. Even the road sign posts have been crossed out by locals and Foggie written underneath. :smile:
     
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    Lol, but why? What's wrong with this?
    I'm confused now :confused: I'm sticking with Ar-kan-saw right or wrong :cool:

    And i'm feelin a bit stupid cos i was gonna ask another question and then realised how dumb it was, i was gonna ask is Arkansas where the setting of Texas Chainsaw Massacre was, :pat:
     
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    Here's the longest English surname: Featherstonehaugh.
    And the pronunciation: FAN-shaw.
    Obvious, right?
     
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    It is kinda dumb, mitchy.
    Texas Chainsaw Massacre was situated in Live-Free-Or-Die New Hampshire.

    But chill out, mitchy. There are no dumb questions. How yuh gonna lern if U don't axe.
     
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    Okies take a dim view of Arkies.

    The Arkies pronounce it R-can-SAW.
    Okies will tell the story that Arkies were pissed at Kansans because they got the name first. And Arkies being what they are, wanted their own Kansas. Thus, AR-Kansas was born. The smarter Arkies changed the pronunciation to R-can-SAW. :biggrin1:

    I'm gonna catch hell for this one. LOL
     
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