arkansaw

I have an Akita named Kal. I picked up Kal for the first time during preproduction for Batman v Superman. I got him in Arkansas, which I was sure was pronounced “Ar-Kansas” before I got there. I said it in front of lots and lots of people, but no one corrected me until I actually got to Arkansas, and they said, “Oh yeah, it’s ‘Arkansaw,’ not ‘Ar-Kansas.’ ” I thought, “Thanks, everyone else who’s heard me say that.”

I have an Akita named Kal. I picked up Kal for the first time during preproduction for Batman v Superman. I got him in Arkansas, which I was sure was pronounced “Ar-Kansas” before I got there. I said it in front of lots and lots of people, but no one corrected me until I actually got to Arkansas, and they said, “Oh yeah, it’s ‘Arkansaw,’ not ‘Ar-Kansas.’ ” I thought, “Thanks, everyone else who’s heard me say that.”

Arkansaw

Its one of those questions everybody comes up with once. Its also one of those questions people think are inane, trivial, and irrelevant.

Why is Arkansas pronounced “Arkansaw?” And why isn’t Kansas pronounced “Kansaw?” According to Mark Stein’s book, “How the States Got Their Shapes,” The Native Americans living in the area were called Kansa. The s was added to make the word plural and thus the state name Kansas was created. Similarly, Arkansas was named after the Arkansa people as well as the Arkansa River. They made the word plural, but the damned French kept their pronunciation; ending up with the silent s.

If you enjoy reading about little facts that no one gives a shit about (albeit interesting ones), I recommend Stein’s book. I know I will be annoying and alienating lots more friends in the coming years thanks to him.

Adolphine Fletcher Terry (1882 - 1976) 

A really important Little Rock lady.

Photo circa 1910, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

The Encyclopedia of Arkansas has a nice article about her life as a civic leader, women’s rights advocate, writer and compassionate mother.

http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=1779#

I have an Akita named Kal. I picked up Kal for the first time during preproduction for Batman v Superman. I got him in Arkansas, which I was sure was pronounced “Ar-Kansas” before I got there. I said it in front of lots and lots of people, but no one corrected me until I actually got to Arkansas, and they said, “Oh yeah, it’s ‘Arkansaw,’ not ‘Ar-Kansas.’ ” I thought, “Thanks, everyone else who’s heard me say that.”
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