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Nev-a-da or Nev-AH-da? Locals sound off after politicians mispronounce state name

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Donald Trump speaks in Reno on Oct. 6, 2016. (Source: CNN) Donald Trump speaks in Reno on Oct. 6, 2016. (Source: CNN)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made a swing through the Silver State on Wednesday, and at a stop in Reno he mispronounced the state's named, arguing it's pronounced Nev-ah-da.

"Nobody says it the other way, it has to be Nevada," Trump said, pronouncing the middle syllable with a long "ahh." "If you don't say it correctly - it didn't happen to me, but it happened to a friend of mine and he was killed."    

The mispronunciation is making headlines across the nation, but it strikes a chord here at home. 

"It's not Nev-ah-da, it's Nevada!" Las Vegan Cheryl Fluet said. 

"It trips me up a little bit," Stephen Sylvanie said 

"Its Nevada. You gotta flatten out that 'a,' push it through the nose," Mark Hall-Patton said.

Hall-Patton, a history buff, is director of the Clark County Museum in Henderson. 

While talking about the state's name, the Republican presidential nominee got one thing right - Nevadans take the pronunciation of their state very seriously. 

"I just want them to know how to say it!" Fluet said. 

"The first time they say Nev-ah-da, somebody's going to jump in and they're going to say, 'No, it's Nevada,'" Hall-Patton said. 

Even if that person is a U.S. Senator like Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who made a similar faux pas while rallying voters in Las Vegas on Tuesday. 

"Coming to Nev-ah-da is personal for me," she said, pronouncing the state's name the same way Trump did.

Right after she said it, somebody in the crowd yelled "Nevada," and the senator replied, "You're right, I'm so sorry!"

Historians say the mispronunciations have been around ever since Nevada became a state. But Hall-Patton said if you want to get really, really technical, Trump and Warren's pronunciations could be considered correct. Nevada comes from the Spanish word for snowy, which is pronounced Nev-ah-da. But still, the state has always been named Nevada, like how most locals say it, and that mispronunciation isn't going anywhere anytime soon. 

"Is it really worth this much excitement? No, not really, but it's something that you want to make everybody feel like they're part of the group and you want to make sure they know how to say the word," Hall-Patton explained

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