RENO, Nev. – “Ne-VAHHHH-duh.”

That was Donald Trump at a rally here Wednesday, confidently demonstrating he understood the local pronunciation of this swing state by drawing out the second syllable for effect.

Except that locals don't say it that way. They say “Nev-AD-uh."

“When I came out here, I said, nobody says it the other way. It has to be Ne-VAH-duh," said Trump.

There were murmurs in the crowd as he spoke.

It didn’t go unnoticed on social media:

Jon Ralston, a longtime Nevada political reporter, later tweeted that a campaign source said Trump was joking:

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether he was joking or not. Here's the video of Trump's remark:

This isn't the first time a politician's pronunciation of the state's name has come under scrutiny. NBC News did a story on this subject in 2008:

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