• Erika Brinkmann

How to pronounce "Adirondack", and where the term originates

Updated: Jan 30

Two tourists are driving through New York state. As they approach the Adirondack mountains, they start arguing over the correct pronunciation. They argue back and forth until they stop for lunch. As they stand at the counter, one tourist asks the cashier: "Before we order, could you please settle an argument for us? Would you please pronounce where we are... very slowly?" The cashier leans over the till and says, "Burrrrrr, gerrrrrr, Kiiiing."


Ok, so all jokes aside, "Adirondack" just is an unusual name. At least half of our customers who call us up have trouble pronouncing it correctly, and we have seen it written all sorts of creative ways, like "Aerodeck chair", "Anarondak chair", and "Adirandack chair"! But don't worry, we all got it wrong the first time as well. The correct pronunciation is "ad-uh-ron-dak,", with the emphasis on the third syllable.


The name is thought to have derived from the Mohawk Native American tribe's term "ha-de-ron-dah," meaning "eaters of trees," used as a derogatory term for a rival tribe who sometimes ate tree bark. Possibly, the name-calling should have been saved for the hoards of European settlers, responsible for mass deforestation of the region later in the 18th century. The name for that region of New York state - The Adirondacks - where the Mohawk Peoples lived, is derived from this term, as is the chair that was "invented" in this region.


No matter, the reality is we are now stuck with a term that many struggle to pronounce, and since Lordship Chairs' business is selling these chairs, we hear dismal attempts at pronunciation all the time! However, we believe these chairs to be the most comfortable garden chair on the market, and worthy of its challenging name.


Which Ad-uh-ron-dak chair will be right for you? Choose from our great discount sets!

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to give us a call, on 01850 883 329.





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