People in the state of Nevada insist that it should be pronounced /nəˈvædə/ (with the vowel of TRAP)—this "issue" always comes up during campaigns—while much of the country typically pronounces it /nəˈvɑːdə/ (with the vowel of PALM). Is one correct over the other or are they both equal?
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You can hear the difference on Forvo which has a number of users from around the US pronouncing Nevada, including one person (dgrahame) from Reno. In terms of right and wrong (as these things go), considering its Spanish roots, /nəˈvɑːdə/ is more "right" than /nəˈvædə/. But, as George Dubya discovered, when in Rome ...