Is it illegal to mispronounce Arkansas while in Arkansas? It may seem illogical and a ridiculous question to ask, but the name of the state, and its spelling has a habit of confusing those less familiar with the US state. For instance Arkansas is pronounced completely differently to Kansas, where Arkansas is formed using the French pronunciation and Kansas uses the English way of pronunciation. As many US residents already know, Arkansas is actually pronounced Ar-kan-saw, not Ar-kan-sas.
The reason we asked this question is because we noticed it pop up on our radar. At first glimpse we thought, “yeah, it’s possible. Lets investigate further.” So we did, and the first site we discovered seemed to confirm the claim that it is illegal to mispronounce Arkansas while in Arkansas. That’s when we began to write this article. But hold up one minute. While we usually include one link as a source, we look further and deeper to see if the fact is actually fact of myth. That’s what this appears to be. Pure myth. So how do we know it’s a myth and not a fact? We looked at the official documentation.
We can see how this internet myth began. It was a simple misunderstanding that turned into a worldwide phenomenon. It looks as though someone misread the Arkansas Code (Title 1, Chapter 4, Section 105) which specifically addresses the pronunciation of the state name.