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View Poll Results: Which pronounciation of Nevada do you prefer?
Short "a" sound, similar to "ahh" 13 30.95%
Longer "a" sound, similar to the "a" apple. 29 69.05%
Voters: 42. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-10-2013, 03:37 PM
 
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Does the way people pronounce "Nevada" bother you? Do you have a preference? Some people pronounce it with a very short "a" (ahh sound--a bit more classy), probably similar to how people from England might pronounce it, others pronounce it with a longer "a," similar to how you might pronounce the a in apple. Which way do you prefer?
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:58 PM
 
Location: ( ͡ ͜ʖ ͡) (╯□)╯︵ ┻━┻ ̡
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I pronounce it "Sin City" or "The Valley" or "LV" or "Vegas". The state name does not matter.

But seriously...

I have been corrected once. I just shrugged my shoulders and told the lady "I am new here".

"Nevaida"
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Studio City, CA 91604
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Since it's a Spanish name, meaning "snow capped", it should be pronounced with a long a, like "ahh":

nev-AHH-duh

But very few people outside of the Hispanic population pronounce it that way.
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Old 04-10-2013, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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NEVADA
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Old 04-10-2013, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, AK
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I heard that Nevadans get upset if someone pronounces it with the "Ah" sound. Even though it has a Spanish origin, I believe the correct pronunciation is the longer "a" sound.

We have a town in Alaska with the Spanish name "Valdez," but it is pronounced "Val-deeze."
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City/Las Vegas
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I don't think it matters.

Bill
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:12 PM
 
Location: In the Silver State of Nevada in Las Vegas NV
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Take in consideration how people from other areas talk. I am from the Adirondacks in Northern New York. We draw out our E's like when we say idea it sounds like ideer. With that said I have been told I talk like a French Canadian also lol. So people who pronounce Nevada from other areas do not try to botch it up they just are speaking their local Twang. Being from the area I was raised in we do not have any Spanish names but plenty of Native American and French Canadian names. The name Adirondack is Native Indian American it means Bark Eater ( another thread in it self) so I am lost trying to read the Spanish names especially road signs never mind saying them correct I hack up the English language bad enough never mind Spanish So have some pity on us folks from other areas I have gotten the Fremont ST right and stopped spelling it Freemont ST a step in the right direction .
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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I don't think it matters.

Bill
It does to the Native and LONG term Nevadans....


it is NEV ADD AH

Any other way will get you some dirty looks.....

Sorry guys, don't mean to sound inhospitible but it it NEV ADD AH
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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Take in consideration how people from other areas talk. I am from the Adirondacks in Northern New York. We draw out our E's like when we say idea it sounds like ideer. With that said I have been told I talk like a French Canadian also lol. So people who pronounce Nevada from other areas do not try to botch it up they just are speaking their local Twang. Being from the area I was raised in we do not have any Spanish names but plenty of Native American and French Canadian names. The name Adirondack is Native Indian American it means Bark Eater ( another thread in it self) so I am lost trying to read the Spanish names especially road signs never mind saying them correct I hack up the English language bad enough never mind Spanish So have some pity on us folks from other areas I have gotten the Fremont ST right and stopped spelling it Freemont ST a step in the right direction .
and thats a plus 1 for you ......you're gettin there.....
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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I say Nevada (I'm from California). Wife says Nev-ah-da (from New England). Tomato, tomahto. Just depends on what part of the country you're from.
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