Check out these words that have an entirely different meaning when used in Wichita.
What it means: The state east of Oklahoma (pronounced ARE-kan-saw).
What it means in Wichita: The river running through Wichita (pronounced are-KAN-sas).
What it means: Village in New York (pronounced gren-itch).
What it means in Wichita: Street on the east side of Wichita (pronounced green-witch).
What it means: A heavy object used to keep a ship from drifting.
What it means in Wichita: Family-friendly bar that serves tasty pub-style food. And beer.
4. Donut Whole
What it means: The circle cut out of the middle of a donut.
What it means in Wichita: An eclectic place to enjoy unique donuts, a coffee bar, live music and an art gallery.
What it means: Alcoholic beverages.
What it means in Wichita: A Mexican cantina and popular late-night party spot.
6. Big Ditch
What it means: A roadside channel for drainage that’s, well, big.
What it means in Wichita: Flood control that runs along I-235 and protects the west side of town.
7. Go Nuts
What it means: Act wild and crazy.
What it means in Wichita: How we cheer for our 2014 American Association championship baseball team, The Wingnuts.
What it means: Scary, loud sound during storms.
What it means in Wichita: Wichita’s electrifying hockey team.
What it means: North, South, East, West.
What it means in Wichita: Thank goodness for GPS. (East 37th Street North? How are you supposed to find that??)
Blades of Glory ©2007 Paramount Pictures
What it means: “No one knows what it means, but …it gets the people going.”
What it means in Wichita: Wichita State University’s mascot. (Yes, it’s a shock of wheat!)
11. Tornado Siren
What it means: Terrifying sound that strikes fear into your heart. Signal to run for cover.
What it means in Wichita: Time for a block party with the neighbors (or lunch on Mondays).
12. Ring of Fire
What it means: A Johnny Cash Song.
What it means in Wichita: The fiery display that lights up the Keeper of the Plains statue a few nights a week.
13. Wizard of Oz/Dorothy/Toto
The Wizard of Oz ©1939 Metro Goldwyn-Mayer
What it means: Fuel for jokes about people from Kansas.
What it means in Wichita: No. Just No.
One final note:
There’s no “witch” in “Wichita”.
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