Schenectady is the name of a city and county in Upstate New York. The city of Schenectady, along with Albany and Troy, helps make up the Capital District of New York.
The word Schenectady translates to “The Place Beyond The Pines”. This is also the inspiration of the movie of the same name. The origin of the word is based off of the Mohawk word ‘schanehtati’.
Many famous people have lived in Schenectady. This includes Mickey Rourke and Kurt Vonnegut. Schenectady’s Union College was attended by Ben Schwartz of Parks and Recreation, and President Jimmy Carter. Schenectady is also home to the historic Proctor’s Theatre, as well as General Electric.
I have lived in Schenectady, New York for the majority of my life. Let me tell you, I have heard every possible Schenectady pronunciation. I have read it spelled every which way. To this day I still have to correct people that I talk to.
Now I don’t hold this against people. It is impossible to know the spelling and pronunciation of every city, township and village in the United States. Personally, I can pronounce half of the names I see on a daily basis.
However, I think it is time that we get this settled once and for all. This may not be the “proper” Schenectady pronunciation, but this is how people in the area say it:
Sken like if you combined “skin” and “men”.
Eck like “neck” without the “n”.
Ted like your favorite character from Breaking Bad.
Ee as in the long vowel sound for the letter “n”.
Hopefully that is enough to get you saying the name correctly. Another way to think of it is:
Skennect like “connect” with an ‘sk’ sound at the beginning.
Teddy like like your favorite childhood stuffie.
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