Date: 9/7/17 3:05 pm From: Dick Burkepile <dicklburk...> Subject: Playa
Hi, Kansas birders,
I continue to be fascinated by the use of the word "playa" on posts on Kansas Birds. I grew up in Hoxie, Sheridan County. I lived their full time for the first 18 years of my life, summers during college and at least annual visits in the 50 years since college. Never once did I ever hear the word "playa" used.
I recently surveyed my Facebook friends who live in Sheridan County or who grew up there. Some of them know the word "playa" but they don't use it. They use the word "lagoon".
So, I have questions.
Why do you use the word "playa" (which my Spanish-English dictionary translates as "beach")? I've seen very few beaches in western Kansas.
Is there a difference between a lagoon and a non-beach playa?
Thank you for any consideration you want to give to these silly questions.