How Do You Pronounce ‘Nevada?’ You’re Probably Wrong

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Visiting Nevada? Don’t call it “Nev-AH-da,” or you’ll be in trouble. Unless one legislator has his way.

Apparently, the only acceptable pronunciation of the state is “Nev-AD-a,” not “Nev-AH-da.” Pronouncing the state’s name incorrectly can draw ire among residents, especially if you’re a politician.

One Las Vegas assemblyman wants to ease the tension by passing a bill allowing the “Nev-AH-da” pronunciation to be acceptable, as he says it’s the Spanish pronunciation. He’s been met with some support, but a general eye-rolling from his colleagues. Since it’s unlikely a bill will change Nevadans’ attitudes toward how you say their name, here’s a video to help you out. (Reno Gazette-Journal, via AP)