Michelle Obama Mispronounces Nevada

By Jennifer Parker

Jan 18, 2008 2:43pm

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller Reports: Ask a Nevadan: if you pronounce the name of their state wrong, they’ll likely take it personally.

Such is the reaction Michelle Obama received when she took the stage at the University of Reno Friday and shouted that she was glad she was in Nevada. But she pronounced it Nuh –VAH –duh.

The audience gasped.

The local pronunciation is actually Nuh – VAD –uh.

Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., held it together and quickly recovered from her mistake. She put both hands on her head and laughed at herself, repeating, "Nevada, Nevada, Nevada, Nevada," with the correct pronunciation.

"I’ve been in South Carolina too long," she joked. "I know how to bounce back from my mistakes."

Senator Obama took the stage shortly after, made no mention of his wife’s blunder, but made sure to pronounce the state’s name correctly. Michelle Obama introduces her husband at one other event today in Elko, Nevada today.

The safe Nuh-VAD-uh gambler would say that she’ll be practicing her pronunciation on the plane ride over.

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