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Question #1052 posted on 10/20/2003 4:02 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,
Why don't we pronounce the ending of Arkansas the way we pronounce Kansas? What's the difference?
- nescient being

A: Dear Nascent Being:

You ever been to Arkansas? Most standard rules of English pronunciation, syntax, grammar, accent, and word definitions end somewhere within 10 feet of the state border. The state's name is no different.

-- Spent too long in the South