Arkansas November 23, 2018
If You Can Pronounce These 8 Words, You’ve Lived In Arkansas For Far Too Long
Most folks know better than to pronounce the “kansas” in Arkansas but what about some of the more difficult towns and nouns throughout the state? If you can say every one of these words without tripping over your tongue or getting into an argument with your fellow Arkansan, than you’ve definitely lived here far too long.
You knew it'd be on the list. There's no quicker way to spot an outsider than someone who insists it should be said "ar-kansas." Don't these folks know it's illegal to mispronounce our great state's name?
2. Petit Jean
The "petit" in Petit Jean does mean petite but Arkansans know there's a distinction when saying either word.
If you've never been to the river (or county), you may say Saline like saline solution. Just throw in an Arkansas accent to change it to "suh-lean" and you're good to go.
No matter if you're pronouncing the county, forest, lake, or university, Ouachita is always pronounced "wash-a-taw."
The word originates from the French spelling of the Caddo word 'wishita,' which means "good hunting grounds."
For non-Arkansans, it may be easier to say "that place with the Boggy Creek Monster." Outsiders make a variety of attempts to pronounce Fouke, but it should rhymed with "poke."
It'd be easy to make a mile-long list solely for hard-to-pronounce tiny towns but today we'll just cover our favorite. Wabbaseka (with a short e) was the hometown of Willie K. Hocker, the designer of the Arkansas state flag .
It's second nature for Arkansans to say "monta-sell-o." But, if you didn't know better you may think there's an instrument at the end of that southern town.
The largest natural lake in the state has a silent "t," which may be surprising for some. Not to worry, after you've stayed the night at the Lake Chicot State Park, you'll remember it for a lifetime.
What’s another word that should be added to the list? Share your favorite hard-to-pronounce Arkansas words with us in the comments below!
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