Nevada State Assemblyman Harry Mortenson is planning to introduce a resolution in the next session that will not only make it okay to say “Ne-va-da” with a short “a”—like everyone in the state pronounces it—but also acceptable to pronounce it “Ne-VAH-da,” like everyone who’s not from the state pronounces it. This is so the Spanish pronunciation will be okay. It’s doubtful the state’s neighbor, Arizona, will follow suit. The Spanish pronunciation of that state’s name, “infierno,” will still be unacceptable.
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