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
For all you American people, your country is mental.
Lol don’t hate
us australians had this actual conversation today. ‘no really. it’s pronounced ‘ar-kan-saw’!
but then we say ‘melbourne’ like ‘melbn’ so we don’t really have a leg to stand on….
To be fair, the two names come from separate Native American tribes. Kansas is named after the Kansa tribe that used to be in that area, and Arkansas is a French pronunciation (hence the soft s) of a Quapaw tribe word. So. Different tribes, different pronunciations.
If you really want to call us mental, consider the fact that a bunch of people call the state of Missouri “Miss-ur-UH.”
IF YOU CALL IT “MISS-UR-UH” I WILL CUT YOU
buuuuuut then again, we missourians have a city called nevada that’s pronounced “nuh-vay-dah” crol
In New York state there’s a small town called LeRoy (pronounced Leh-Roy), a town called Charlotte (Char-LOT), one called Lima (Lime-uh), and one called Chili (Chi-lie). Just: why?