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View Poll Results: "Adirondacks" or "Dacks"
Adirondacks 233 70.18%
Dacks 17 5.12%
Either one, I don't discriminate! 82 24.70%
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Old 06-01-2008, 11:39 PM   #1
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"Adirondacks" or "Dacks"?

A while back I saw a post by someone who was annoyed with the use of the name "Dacks" for the Adirondacks. So I thought I'd ask everyone, by what name do you refer to that big area in northern New York that this forum is named after?
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Old 06-01-2008, 11:54 PM   #2
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I have grown to really dislike the term "dacks", and never heard it before I got onto these hiking forums. The word Adirondacks is beautiful, whereas I find the slang term to be quite ugly. Hey, you asked!

PS: That was probably me who was annoyed with that other term - maybe I'm the only one!
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Old 06-02-2008, 07:09 AM   #3
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Being from downstate I always refer to the Adirondacks as "up north"

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Old 06-02-2008, 07:56 AM   #4
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I often use the term "Daks" which I note is markedly apart from the term "Dacks". I use the name with my fellow "Dakers" to avoid multiple expressions of "Adirondacks" thereby saving oxygen for this 56 year old body.

With my fellow flatlanders here in the land of the eternal horizon, I use the term "Adirondacks" Even that, however is usually insufficient for the flatland mind to comprehend in light of their belief that New York City is New York State in its entirety. I then resort to "northern New York" which might as well be the Artic Circle for some of these folks.

The term "Daks" is one of unreserved affection for the people and places I love. The term "Dacks" is one letter away from "Ducks", therefore I too dislike the word.
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Old 06-02-2008, 08:33 AM   #5
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Old 06-02-2008, 09:40 AM   #6
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Being from downstate I always refer to the Adirondacks as "up north"

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I don't think I ever used the term "Dacks" in actual conversation. I think the only time I use it is in short-hand typing... like on this forum.
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:20 AM   #7
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So I thought I'd ask everyone, by what name do you refer to that big area in northern New York that this forum is named after?
Neither,

If you refer to the area as either the Adirondacks or The Dacks you ID yourself as a tourist.

When locals refer to the area it's "The North Country"

See the local paper The Press Republican. Notice, almost everything is "North Country"
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:40 AM   #8
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I was going to add "None of the above" as an option, but I was more trying to see how many people use "Dacks" (or "Daks"), and what people's opinions were on the matter. If you never call the region either of those names, please go ahead and post a comment telling us what name you do use!

By the way, qam, your signature line disagrees with your answer of "Neither"

Thanks everybody for your responses!
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:46 AM   #9
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People do seem to care, take a look about halfway down page 3:

http://www.telemarktalk.com/phpBB/vi...=daks&start=30
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:54 AM   #10
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I'm from both downstate,[ a local term of upstaters for there], and Central N.Y. and I frequent the more Northern reaches of the state when time allows. I usually only use the name of a specific area like Moose river Plains, or the exact name of a Lake or pond! When referring to the area as a whole; However, I call it the Adirondacks....No particular reason!
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Old 06-02-2008, 11:40 AM   #11
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My family is a mix of natives who have been here since the civil war and 20+ year implants and we use all seem to use Adirondacks interchanged with North Country at random, so that does not necessarily mean you are a tourist, sorry. That being said, Dacks does seem to make me wince, like someone using ain't to be cute. It ain't.
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Old 06-02-2008, 12:57 PM   #12
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Being from central NY , in conversation we usually use the term "Up North" or "Adirondacks" if the person gives us that look . I've never heard anyone actualy say "Dacks" ,or "Daks " out loud , but to me it would just sound wrong I guess that in typed conversation it's easier to shorten it ), but I also prefer the whole name , it's only a few more letters
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Old 06-02-2008, 06:16 PM   #13
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The Addy's are the place to be!
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Old 06-02-2008, 06:27 PM   #14
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Mostly because of a nosy EMS employee refering to them as the "Dacks" while i was pricing bear canisters. The conversation went something like this:

EMS Guy: Can I help you?

Me: I'm just looking at this bear canister.

EMS Guy: Oh great! Are you planning a trip to the Dacks?

My Brain:Blank stare. What the heck did he just say? Man i should have payed more attention to this guy when he started talking. Damn now we have an...

Akward silence.

Me: Um, what?

EMS Guy: Because those are required in the high peaks now.

My Brain:High peaks=Adirondacks... hence "dacks" = Adirondacks. That seems to make more sense now, but i've been thinking about this for the last minute or so while i could be considering the bear canisters... do i want the big one or the little one? Oh crap better talk to this guy or he'll think i'm being rude.

Me: Oh yeah the Adirondacks yeah I'm planning a trip, not to the high peaks, but i thought one of these would be easier than hanging a bear bag.

---end of scene---

So you see, whenever i hear the term "Dacks" I think of that hot chick from deep space nine and then the above scene.

I don't have a problem with Terry, but I've been trying to expunge that akward social situation from my memory for years now. Thanks a lot.





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Old 06-02-2008, 06:38 PM   #15
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Um what, sorry I was looking at the scenery!!!!





Remember the one on the last Star trek who was a borg....Jerry something!!!!
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Old 06-02-2008, 06:48 PM   #16
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Um what, sorry I was looking at the scenery!!!!





Remember the one on the last Star trek who was a borg....Jerry something!!!!
um this one?
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Old 06-02-2008, 06:56 PM   #17
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yes!!!!!






Beam me up......
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Old 06-02-2008, 07:22 PM   #18
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I hate the term, "Daks." I prefer Adirondacks as they are named. There are many slang words on the Internet that I do not like but this one is the one I dislike the most.
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Old 06-02-2008, 07:33 PM   #19
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My Potsdam NY family called them "The sticks"..."the North Country" would have only been confusing
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Old 06-02-2008, 08:17 PM   #20
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Good to see that I'm not alone here in the ADIRONDACKS! But if I was alone, the Star Trek ladies would be a comfort...
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