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"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "Broken beyond repair?," Sept. 25, 2010

No two ways about it?

Ask Nevadans how to pronounce their home state's name and they'll almost certainly say, "Ne-VAD-a" with the second syllable sounding like "mad." Residents of the Silver State have booed presidential candidates who mispronounced it, saying "Ne-VAH-da." So imagine the gumption of Democratic state legislator Harry Mortenson of Las Vegas who submitted a draft of a bill proposing that either pronunciation of the state's name is acceptable. "I expected a big controversy, and I got it," he said. "The bottom line is, I do not want to change the pronunciation that Nevadans use for their state. I am trying only to ask them to be tolerant of those who use the Spanish pronunciation." But Nevada residents aren't likely to be so understanding. And just to be on the safe side, Mortenson waited until state term limits prevented him from running for reelection before submitting the controversial bill.

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