Date: 9/7/17 8:27 pm
From: Dick Burkepile <dicklburk...>
Subject: Re: Playa
Thanks to everyone who replied to my question about playas. It is a
fascinating subject. I'm in Hoxie now. I'll trying throwing "playa" at a
few farmers and see what reaction I get.

Good birding,
Dick Burkepile

On Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 5:05 PM, Dick Burkepile <dicklburk...> wrote:

> 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.
> Sincerely,
> Dick Burkepile
> Oxford, Mississippi

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