Drifting away : pronunciation of states

Elizabeth Evans er.evans at auckland.ac.nz
Wed Jan 24 16:06:20 EST 2001


The one that always throws me is Arkansas - WHY doesn't it rhyme with
Kansas?
Elizabeth.

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> From: owner-dwj at suberic.net [mailto:owner-dwj at suberic.net]On Behalf Of
> Melissa Proffitt
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> On Tue, 23 Jan 2001 18:03:10 +1100, Sally Odgers wrote:
>
> >>ISTR that the correct pronounciation is something like
> >>"Boo dik ka".
>
> >Our Grade 5 teacher said it was Bo - add - a - see - a but she might have
> >been wrong.
>
> That's how I first heard it, but since then I've seen it actually spelled
> "Bodicca" and several other ways.  Me, I try to avoid reading that one out
> loud.  However I say it, I'm sure to get it wrong.
>
> > She said you pronounced Massachusetts  (or however you spell
> >that state) as Mass - a  chew - sa.
>
> Mass-a-chew-setts.  Just like it's spelled.  :)  Though there are always
> regional variations in pronunciation...and you can usually tell if someone
> is really from Oregon by the way they say it.
>
> (I love Native American words.  Potawatomie.  Oneida.  Algonquin.
> Iroquois.)
>
> Melissa Proffitt,
> denizen of Utah
> (denizen is another word I like)
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