Say "Schenectady"

INT. GOOGLE MARKETING CONFERENCE ROOM
A MARKETING EXECUTIVE is sitting at a conference table with a staff of marketers.

MARKETING EXECUTIVE
We need a city name that a lot of people will recognize, but one that they'd never be able to spell if their lives depended on it.

MARKETING GUY
Worcester.

MARKETING EXECUTIVE
Nah, reminds me of Worcestershire sauce.

MARKETING LADY
Ypsilanti.

MARKETING EXECUTIVE
Too small.

OTHER MARKETING GUY
Wapakoneta!

MARKETING EXECUTIVE
Wapako-WHAT?

OTHER MARKETING GUY
Birth place of Neil Armstrong...

MARKETING LADY
El Cajon.

MARKETING EXECUTIVE
Is that even America?

YET ANOTHER MARKETING PERSON
Cincinnati.

MARKETING EXECUTIVE
Boring.

MARKETING GUY
Schenectady!

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(Thanks, Mike!)

Comments

Got that right! Hollywood on the Mohawk.

Gotta note that for a couple of hundred years, no one who lived there could agree on how to spell Schenectady (or pronounce it -- natives of a certain age will insist on something that sounds more like Schenectaday).

Many of the early spellings are explored here:
http://www.schenectadyhistory.org/resources/patent/19.html

I'm always impressed that my phone recognized Schenectady. It can understand that, but it jumbles everything else up.

I trust you all at AOA are familiar with that song "I Can't Spell Schenectady"?

Probably one of the more complicated city names that doesn't confuse the voice search. I know why they didn't use Rensselaer. The secret is to pronounce it Rensler, not Ren-se-lay-ear. Unless, of course, you want to go to Rent Se Layer, NY.

Nice to see Schenectady being referenced as something other than the gun and drug hug for Law & Order.

I know why they didn't use Rensselaer. The secret is to pronounce it Rensler, not Ren-se-lay-ear. Unless, of course, you want to go to Rent Se Layer, NY.
... said Greg on Jun 15, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Are you sure it's not Rin-Slayer?

Actually, it's Rent-ler if you live there.

Carl beat me to it- Rent-ler indeed.

What about Schaghticoke?

Coxsackie!!!

my grandma, dad, whole family, Russian/Jewish immigrants grew up in Sch'dy & made it part of the great city that "Lights & hauls the world." only now it's lit. graduated from LINTON in the early '70's, & now tell people i'm from "the Albany area". been there recently........beyond sad.

Valatie
(no, it's not an STD but a small village in Columbia County..)

Heck yeah this is exactly what I neeedd.

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