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Old 02-02-2013, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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Rad as in radical.
NO!! More of a "Rod" sound.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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NO!! More of a "Rod" sound.
That's how I would say it. Cah-la-RAH-doe. Like Nuh-VAH-duh. I hear people on TV say it with that A sound that's the same as "BAD", though. I suppose we can't claim that the people who live in those places are pronouncing their state name incorrectly.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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That's how I would say it. Cah-la-RAH-doe. Like Nuh-VAH-duh. I hear people on TV say it with that A sound that's the same as "BAD", though. I suppose we can't claim that the people who live in those places are pronouncing their state name incorrectly.
I've notices that people from easten states pronounce it with an "A" sound, and people in the west seem to pronounce it with the "O" sound.

Here's a thread on the Colorado Forum about the correct pronunciation of the state, and both ways seem pretty valid according to this thread. Proper Pronunciation of "Colorado"
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Old 02-02-2013, 11:15 PM
 
Location: Detroit
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I pronounce the "a" like in rat
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I live here and have no idea what the "correct" pronunciation is. I'm from New England originally, and have always pronounced it with more of an "O" sound, like in "rod", but I come across a lot of people here who pronounce it with the "rad" sound.

It took me a long to time to force myself to pronounce "Arvada" correctly (it's pronounced Ar-vad-a, not Ar-vah-da), since it just doesn't sound natural to me.

ETA: After reading that other thread, I think we can agree that even natives will argue over its "correct" pronunciation. It's just not important enough for me to argue with someone about that. I have always pronounced it the Spanish way and no one has every tried to argue with me about it. I don't think most people here care, quite frankly.

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Old 02-03-2013, 10:25 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I pronounce the "a" like in rat
This is what I discovered when I lived in Iowa. Seems most Midwesterners and supposedly Colorado natives pronounce it this way. I say "Colo-rah-do" - which is all you every hear it called in California.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:50 AM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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Collar-rah -dough.
This. With the "rah" similar to the vowel in rod. Wouldn't thought there was another way to pronounce.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Detroit
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All of my family and friends back in western SD pronounce the "a" like in rat. Now that I'm in Minneapolis I hear the "rah" version more often, but it's usually by people from the coasts
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:42 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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The o's are long o's and the a is "ah". It's a Spanish word.
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I have always pronounced it the Spanish way and no one has every tried to argue with me about it. I don't think most people here care, quite frankly.
Oops, just noticed my typo, but it won't let me edit my original post.
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