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Monday, August 18, 2008

The

I don't know if it's regional.
Or perhaps it's age-related.

I giggle a little on the inside when I hear someone add a "the" in front of something that generally lives without a "the" (in MY mind at least).

For example:

The Diseases
"My great-niece has the epilepsy.". The same goes for "the cancer," "the diabetes" and "the gonnorhea."

The Technology
Looking at the Keyword searches which led people to my blog, someone had found me by searching for some commercial "shown on THE you tube." I instantly pegged that visitor as older than the average web surfer.

The Name
O.K. Not rally a lot using THE in this way, but you'll see a few people who refer to themselves with the definite article. The Todd (from Scrubs) for example. A teacher acquaintance had a student name "The Mac." That was his name. As he might grow to become a famous rapper some day, this would save him the trouble of changing his name. If only Puff Daddy had actualy named his son Puff Daddy to begin with.

Please tell me other interesting uses of THE. When I started writing this post, I thought I had lots more examples. I was wrong.

17 comments:

Valerie said...

You can't forget "The Wal-Marts" that is often heard here in the south or "I'm going to The Sonic to get a coke". My personal favorite is saying "The House" as in, "I'll see you back at The House" rather than just saying "home".

Scott said...

YES, Valerie. That is totally right about "The Wal-Mart.". Thank you for thinking of that.

TAMI said...

Here in SoCal we add "The" to all of our Highway numbers -- and while that seems perfectly normal to me, we've had company tell us it's not the same where they come from. For example, continue South on "the 5" and then go west on "the 8" ...

Owlhaven said...

Hi! I just swung by from the Titus 2 blog award post. Nice to meet you!

Mary from The Owlhaven (sorry, best idea I had before my coffee)
mom to 10

Jaymie said...

Highways and freeways.
Here we say take 95 south...
In ca. People say take THE 4...
weird...

Nicole Hearn said...

Yes, I'm a SoCal girl and we universally use "the" in connection with our freeways. "Take the I-15 North to..."

the hungarian said...

I'm in TX, but my in-laws are also from so-cal. As the representative from the South, I'd like to ask that you stop calling it "The 59" or "The 10". It's Hwy 59 and Interstate 10 and it MAKES ME INSANE!!!! Please call it the proper name when you are in the South! Please for the love of humanity!!!

Amy said...

I have to confess that I've lived in East Tennessee so long now (moving here from Frankfort, Indiana a BUNCH of stinkin' years ago) that I really don't 'hear' random 'the's as often anymore ... it's somewhat like becoming 'mommy deaf' after I'd heard my son say mommy over and over and over 500 times in 2 minutes flat ... ANYHOO ... when it does come to my attention in a way that is distracting, I've been known to think something cleaver, like, "oh, I'm sorry she has THE Gonorrhea as opposed to the other lesser of the Gonorrheas." Fortunately the Holy Spirit has done it's work in my heart and I don't actually say those things aloud anymore! most of the time ...

Jodie said...

I love the misuse of the the. I do it on purpose. I especially like making references to "the nature".
Or saying things like, "the cooking? I do not love it."
I knew as soon as I saw your title that I would like this post.

Kirby3131 said...

The first thing I thought of was "the Walmarts" - why people put an "s" on the end is beyond me.

The opposite is also funny -- In the U.S. we talk about going to the hospital, but in England they just go to hospital - I always want to insert THE into their sentences. lol

Chris said...

Ah! Kirby 3131 raises an excellent corrolary to the initial problem - what to do when people omit a needed "the". The Brits (and their compatriots on our northern border) love to talk about "going to hospital" or "going to university", etc etc. Of course, the Canadians lose all of the "I used fewer words and syllables than you" benefit by wrapping the sentence up with an nice "eh?".

Glad you're back from hiding; I was getting worried that you'd had to drop into Witness Protection.

javamamma said...

Very interesting post. I don't think misuse of 'the' is very prevalent here in Nebrasky. But I enjoyed reading {and laughing} at humanity!

S'More Thoughts said...

LOL! This cracked me up. Everybody beat me to the CA insertion of "the" before every freeway or highway.

So, I'm just left to ask ... how's the Cheddar? Oh how I love posts (or is it THE posts??) about that little darlin!

;-)

Tammy said...

Well, since I live in the South and work in the medical field I hear "the" added to things all the time.

One of my favorites it to hear an elderly man tell me that he's got "the Gout in my big toe".

Then of course you've got your every day run of the mill STD, "the clap".
:-O

ET @ Titus2:3-5 said...

Oh, Chris, I am so insulted! I am Canadian and I can assure you that we have a much better grasp of the English language than you presume. :) I have never heard a single person omit a necessary 'the' from a sentence. We do, in fact, go to the hospital. I mean, do your research before you just toss around insults, eh?! ;)

mylittleducks5 said...

I don't think I have ever heard anyone say that. I am going to have to listen to people talking more carefully. Or maybe I am not in the right region. hhhmmmm You really aren't that far from me either.
Interesting....
:>Michelle

Kelley said...

I have visited your and your wife's blogs for quite some time but am not sure I've ever left a comment (sorry). However, I couldn't pass this one by because I too find this phenomenon (not really sure it's "all that" but you know what I mean) quite comical. I have a friend who often fusses at another friend for going to the tanning bed because she's just sure that you can, in fact, catch "the gonorrhea in those things" (and she's not old either). Don't really know why she leaves out the fact that you can also get "the cancer" there. Hmmm....