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Ne-vadd-uh or Ne-vah-duh?

By: CNN
By: CNN

Do you say "Ne-vah-duh" or "Ne-vadd-uh"?

The debate over how to pronounce the state's name has reached the state legislature where Las Vegas Assemblyman Harry Mortenson has proposed a non-binding resolution encouraging residents to accept the traditional Spanish pronunciation of "Ne-vah-duh."

Most Nevadans cringe at anything but "Ne-vadd-uh", but even politicians have been known to slip up.

Michelle Obama let slip the Spanish pronunciation in Las Vegas on Jan. 18, 2008.

“It is so nice to be back in Ne-vah-duh,” she said. “We are so happy to be here.”

Then realizing her mistake, threw up her hands and said, “Nevada, Nevada, Nevada! Nevada! Nevada! Oh no! Nevada, Nevada, Nevada! I know how to bounce back from my mistakes.”

Former President George Bush, however, managed to get it right the first time June 18, 2004, in Reno.

“It's great to be here in Nevada,” he said. “You didn't think I'd get it right, did ya?”

Still, according to reports some bloggers are calling for Harry Mortenson to be removed from office.


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