Subject: Re: THE IBM
From: "Palmer, Phyllis" <PPalmer -at- SPHERECOM -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 1998 15:59:41 -0500

Consider for a moment that THE Ohio State University is the
institution's name. But rarely referred to as that. There are rules
and exceptions. It's not an easy call to communicate especially with
international contexts.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chris Hamilton [SMTP:chamilton -at- GR -dot- COM]
> Sent: Monday, April 06, 1998 3:57 PM
> To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> Subject: Re: THE IBM
> 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
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