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Tomato, Tomahto, let’s call the whole thing off

Tomato, Tomahto, let’s call the whole thing off

One of my closest friends from law school, was a feisty chick from Viva Las Vegas. She would constantly correct my Brooklyn pronunciation of her home state — Nevada.
I’d say Nevada, rhymes with “baby father”, she’d say Nevada, rhymes with “baby daddy.”

I wonder if she’ll read President Bush the riot act, too?

Actually, a partner at a New York law firm told me that he tried a case in Nevada and kept pronouncing it the Brooklyn (and apparently, D.C.) way and the judge corrected him twice, before threatening him with contempt fines, if he mispronounced the state’s name again… trippy.

Oh, he got it right after that.

Nevada should just change the state’s name to Las Vegas. Everyone can pronounce that.

16 Responses to “Tomato, Tomahto, let’s call the whole thing off”

  1. Kashei Says:

    From BOTW:

    Yadda Yadda Nevada

    “Nevada memo to George Bush: When making a first presidential visit to a state, use the right pronounciation [sic] of its name,” begins a snarky Associated Press dispatch from Carson City:

    Bush, in Las Vegas on Tuesday, repeatedly said Ne-vah-da. To properly pronounce Nevada, the middle syllable should rhyme with gamble. . . .

    State Senate Minority Leader Dina Titus, D-Las Vegas, said the mispronunciation shows Bush, who won the state in the 2000 election, doesn’t care much about the state.

    “They take such pains to orchestrate these trips and to make sure everything is politically correct,” she said. “You would think the name of the state would be a simple piece of that.”

    Now, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, there are actually two accepted pronunciations of “Nevada”: one that rhymes with “yadda,” and the one Bush used, which r

  2. Kashei Says:

    From BOTW:

    Yadda Yadda Nevada

    “Nevada memo to George Bush: When making a first presidential visit to a state, use the right pronounciation [sic] of its name,” begins a snarky Associated Press dispatch from Carson City:

    Bush, in Las Vegas on Tuesday, repeatedly said Ne-vah-da. To properly pronounce Nevada, the middle syllable should rhyme with gamble. . . .

    State Senate Minority Leader Dina Titus, D-Las Vegas, said the mispronunciation shows Bush, who won the state in the 2000 election, doesn’t care much about the state.

    “They take such pains to orchestrate these trips and to make sure everything is politically correct,” she said. “You would think the name of the state would be a simple piece of that.”

    Now, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, there are actually two accepted pronunciations of “Nevada”: one that rhymes with “yadda,” and the one Bush used, which r

  3. Kashei Says:

    From BOTW:

    Yadda Yadda Nevada

    “Nevada memo to George Bush: When making a first presidential visit to a state, use the right pronounciation [sic] of its name,” begins a snarky Associated Press dispatch from Carson City:

    Bush, in Las Vegas on Tuesday, repeatedly said Ne-vah-da. To properly pronounce Nevada, the middle syllable should rhyme with gamble. . . .

    State Senate Minority Leader Dina Titus, D-Las Vegas, said the mispronunciation shows Bush, who won the state in the 2000 election, doesn’t care much about the state.

    “They take such pains to orchestrate these trips and to make sure everything is politically correct,” she said. “You would think the name of the state would be a simple piece of that.”

    Now, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, there are actually two accepted pronunciations of “Nevada”: one that rhymes with “yadda,” and the one Bush used, which r

  4. Kashei Says:

    I’m not sure why it cut off but here is the rest:

    Now, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, there are actually two accepted pronunciations of “Nevada”: one that rhymes with “yadda,” and the one Bush used, which rhymes with “enchilada.” We’ve never heard of a pronunciation in which the second syllable rhymes with “gamble.”

    Oh well, this was Wednesday’s story anyway, and it seems kind of petty to dwell on it now, after the president’s triumphant visit to Bagambledad.

  5. Kashei Says:

    I’m not sure why it cut off but here is the rest:

    Now, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, there are actually two accepted pronunciations of “Nevada”: one that rhymes with “yadda,” and the one Bush used, which rhymes with “enchilada.” We’ve never heard of a pronunciation in which the second syllable rhymes with “gamble.”

    Oh well, this was Wednesday’s story anyway, and it seems kind of petty to dwell on it now, after the president’s triumphant visit to Bagambledad.

  6. Kashei Says:

    I’m not sure why it cut off but here is the rest:

    Now, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, there are actually two accepted pronunciations of “Nevada”: one that rhymes with “yadda,” and the one Bush used, which rhymes with “enchilada.” We’ve never heard of a pronunciation in which the second syllable rhymes with “gamble.”

    Oh well, this was Wednesday’s story anyway, and it seems kind of petty to dwell on it now, after the president’s triumphant visit to Bagambledad.

  7. DTDT Says:

    K,

    I don’t care…

    Bush, bush hes’s jus stoopit.

  8. DTDT Says:

    K,

    I don’t care…

    Bush, bush hes’s jus stoopit.

  9. DTDT Says:

    K,

    I don’t care…

    Bush, bush hes’s jus stoopit.

  10. Rick Blaine Says:

    “triumphant visit”? Now, at the risk of falling even lower in your esteem, Kashei, allow me to quibble with your characterization.

    A “triumphant” visit would have been one which did not have to be planned in utter secrecy. A “triumphant” visit would have been one in which Air Force One did not fly in radio silence with lights off and a close fighter jet escort. A “triumphant” visit would have been one during which the president felt safe enough to leave the airport. A “triumphant” visit would have lasted more than 2 1/2 hours.

  11. Rick Blaine Says:

    “triumphant visit”? Now, at the risk of falling even lower in your esteem, Kashei, allow me to quibble with your characterization.

    A “triumphant” visit would have been one which did not have to be planned in utter secrecy. A “triumphant” visit would have been one in which Air Force One did not fly in radio silence with lights off and a close fighter jet escort. A “triumphant” visit would have been one during which the president felt safe enough to leave the airport. A “triumphant” visit would have lasted more than 2 1/2 hours.

  12. Rick Blaine Says:

    “triumphant visit”? Now, at the risk of falling even lower in your esteem, Kashei, allow me to quibble with your characterization.

    A “triumphant” visit would have been one which did not have to be planned in utter secrecy. A “triumphant” visit would have been one in which Air Force One did not fly in radio silence with lights off and a close fighter jet escort. A “triumphant” visit would have been one during which the president felt safe enough to leave the airport. A “triumphant” visit would have lasted more than 2 1/2 hours.

  13. Rick Blaine Says:

    Oh, and, unless you pronounce ‘yadda’ as rhyming with ‘enchilada’, the first syllable of ‘yadda’ usually rhymes with the first syllable of “gamble”. Or “Halliburton”.

  14. Rick Blaine Says:

    Oh, and, unless you pronounce ‘yadda’ as rhyming with ‘enchilada’, the first syllable of ‘yadda’ usually rhymes with the first syllable of “gamble”. Or “Halliburton”.

  15. Rick Blaine Says:

    Oh, and, unless you pronounce ‘yadda’ as rhyming with ‘enchilada’, the first syllable of ‘yadda’ usually rhymes with the first syllable of “gamble”. Or “Halliburton”.

  16. Hi there Says:

    Are you there?

    Beautiful

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