The American people are fiercely patriotic, so it should come as no surprise that the people of Nevada fiercely defend the correct pronunciation of their home state.
Although surprising that this is relevant to the 2016 presidential election, the correct pronunciation of Nevada made its’ way into headlines after republican nominee Donald Trump visited Reno, Nevada on October 5th, 2016.
In his efforts to clarify what the correct pronunciation of Nevada was, he mistakenly promoted the wrong pronunciation; deeply offended the people to whom he was addressing.
CNN and USATODAY were quick to criticize the negligent error, as was Senator Harry Reid of Nevada who fired back tweeting, “ If Trump wants to come down from the penthouse his daddy bought him to lecture us on Nevada, he could at least pronounce it correctly.”
Those who are not Nevadans argue that the issue is trivial. In an effort to express how significant this issue is especially to politicians, Brian Williams from NBC created an explanatory video.
Interestingly enough the video was created in 2014, proving that this is a conflict that stands the test of time for this western state.
A professor from the University of Nevada in the video revealed that individuals go so far as documenting the politicians and newscasters who mess up the pronunciation so offended residents can keep track of who wronged their state.
Upon further online research, there is even a wikihow instructing the proper pronunciation. The third step specifies, “Learn to say the name right, especially if you go into politics.”
While Trumps’ demonstration was meant to stress the importance of delivering the word correctly, his screw up is significant. As proven through countless sources this is hugely important to the residents of Nevada, and is regarded as highly disrespectful when said incorrectly. The republican nominee will see the repercussions of his mistake in the polls.