Subject: Re: THE IBM
From: Chris Hamilton <chamilton -at- GR -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 1998 15:56:37 -0500

Somebody else wrote:

> >I once ran into a group of clerks & managers from Aetna (the insurance
> >company) who constantly used "the Aetna" in casual conversation.

> Then, Julie Knoeller wrote:

> They must be brain damaged.

Not necessarily. Until relatively recently, General Electric was the major employer in Schenectady, NY. My uncle, who is from all over the country noticed that around Schenectady, some people tend to refer to _The GE_. I even catch myself doing it. So it could just be a regional thing.

Incidentally, since they moved a bunch more jobs out of the area, Schenectadians tend to refer to it as _The %)#&@!* GE_.

Chris Hamilton
chamilton -at- gr -dot- com
My views, not my employer's.

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