A nice thing about living in Lawrence, KS is the increased likelihood that you will get to say the word Wakarusa.
Try it. Wah-kah-roo-sah! It feels pretty good, yeah?
The etymology of the name "Wakarusa" is not known. According to tradition, the name is from a Native American language, meaning "knee-deep in mud." A more recent source claims a settler named it after a location in Kansas.