"How do you really pronounce Van Schaick?"



Since Albany doesn't really have any particular accent associated with it (at least not one that I notice), we make up for it in our own way - in the bizarre pronunciations and spellings of various placenames in the Capital Region and Eastern Upstate NY. Herewith is a compilation of local puzzlers - natives shouldn't have too much trouble pronouncing these, but just try them on your downstate (or out-of-state) friends and laugh as they mangle them. :)
So as not to spoil the answers, I've placed my "official" pronunciations further down on the page, including what type of arcane pronunciation it is, and what the name refers to. Click here to see the answers. Just like the "You Know You're From Albany" site, I am always glad to listen to comments or suggestions, particularly if there's a tricky word I forgot about. My e-mail is gregory.tryson@villanova.edu - reach me there.

Voorheesville
Schenectady
Van Schaick
Valatie
Cohoes
Niskayuna
Schoharie
Coxsackie
Kayaderosseras
Kosciuszko
Canajoharie
Mohonasen
Shenendehowa
Watervliet
Cairo
Berlin
Greenwich
Roessleville
Schaghticoke
Gansevoort
Coeymans
Feura Bush
Stuyvesant
Schodack
Schuylerville
Defreestville
Rensselaer (County)
Rensselaer (City)




The Actual Pronunciations
Can Probably Figure It Out: Means the pronunciation is pretty logical.
Dutch: Based on a Dutch word, as so many names around here are.
Local Pronunciation: It's pronounced differently somewhere else, but we say it this way.
No Chance: Sorry, no matter how good you are, you probably have no clue unless you live around here.
Tricky: You may think you know it, but think twice.
WordOfficial PronunciationLocationType
VoorheesvilleVore-eez-villTown in SW Albany CountyCan Figure It Out
SchenectadySkuh-nek-tuh-deeCity on Mohawk River, W of Troy and NW of AlbanyCan Figure It Out
Van SchaickVan SkikeIsland Between Troy and CohoesDutch
ValatieVuh-lay-shuhTown in W Columbia CountyDutch/No Chance
CohoesCuh-hoseCity N of Albany and W of TroyTricky
NiskayunaNiss-kuh-yoo-nuhSuburb, E of SchenectadyCan Probably Figure It Out
SchoharieSkuh-hare-eeCounty and Valley, SW of Capital DistrictCan Probably Figure It Out
CoxsackieCuk-sock-ee, Cook-sock-eeCity S of Albany on Hudson RiverCan Probably Figure It Out
KayaderosserasKay-der-ossCreek in Saratoga CountyNo Chance
KosciuszkoKuh-shoo-skoeOfficial Name of Twin BridgesNo Chance
CanajoharieCan-uh-juh-hare-eeTown W of SchenectadyCan Probably Figure It Out
MohonassenMuh-hon-nuh-senHigh School near SchenectadyCan Probably Figure It Out
ShenendehowaShuh-nen-duh-ho-uhHigh School in Clifton Park (Saratoga County)Tricky - I can hardly ever spell it.
WatervlietWad-er-vleet (not Wad-er-vuh-leet)City Across from Troy on HudsonTricky
CairoKay-roTown in Catskills, S of AlbanyLocal Pronunciation
BerlinBur-linTown in SE Rensselaer CountyLocal Pronunciation
GreenwichGreen-witchTown in Central Washington CountyLocal Pronunciation
RoesslevilleRow-sul-villNeighborhood NW of AlbanyTricky
SchaghticokeSkat-ih-cokeTown in Rensselaer CountyTricky
GansevoortGan-zah-vortTown in Saratoga CountyDutch/Tricky
CoeymansKwee-munzTown in SE Albany CountyTricky
Feura BushFure-uh BushTown in S Albany CountyTricky
StuyvesantSty-vuh-sinTown in Columbia County, or a shopping center...Dutch/Can Probably Figure It Out
SchodackSkoe-dakTown in SW Rensselaer CountyTricky
SchuylervilleSky-ler-villTown in E Saratoga CountyDutch/Can Probably Figure It Out
DefreestvilleDe-freets-villTown in W Rensselaer CountyNo Chance
Rensselaer (County)Ren-suh-lerCounty East of Albany, Across HudsonTricky
Rensselaer (City)Ren-suh-leerCity across Hudson from AlbanyTricky