Nevada

How do you say the first a?

  • "a" as in bad

  • "a" as in father


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Terzo

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How do you pronounce the first a? Apparently the correct way is "a" as in "bad" but I've always said "a" as in father. I hear some people get real riled up about saying it the right way.
 

IronWing

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Nebada with each a pronounced as in father would be the proper Spanish pronunciation. However, modern usage is Navada with the first and last a pronounced as in father and the middle a as in bad. Also drag out the middle a so Navaaada to get the proper trailer trash intonation.
 

destrekor

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Nebada with each a pronounced as in father would be the proper Spanish pronunciation. However, modern usage is Navada with the first and last a pronounced as in father and the middle a as in bad. Also drag out the middle a so Navaaada to get the proper trailer trash intonation.

I dunno - I pronounce it Nevada, like Nebada (ne-Bah-dah, or like the sound of the O sound in bother). Slight emphasis on the va part. I think the way some people learn word pronunciation (partly to fault of any accent), the way we roll the pronunciation of the eva part, the e get morphed a little to sound like whatever is following the V as well. Because I've heard a lot of the expected E part, with proper sound, at least around NW Ohio - the default "accent" of the US, the accent of the national media. :D

Though we do have an old street named Nevada, though locals pronounce it Ne-vay-dah. We might have the Polish history of the town to thank for that though.
 

Aluvus

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I met some people from Nevada years ago, and they were insistent that it should be like the 'a' in 'bad', so I try to pronounce it that way. But I've always thought it sounded a bit wrong.
 

coldmeat

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Never heard anyone pronounce it as "father", at least not in real life.
 
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