Subject: Re: THE IBM
From: "Parks, Beverly" <ParksB -at- EMH1 -dot- HQISEC -dot- ARMY -dot- MIL>
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 1998 14:25:14 -0700

My examples drift off topic (which may be a sign that the topic itself
is drifting off topic and should be retired), but I think Chris is right
in that it may be a regionalism. Some people say "the I-10" when
referring to Interstate 10 (or any other specific interstate highway).
I, and most people I know, just say "I-10" without the "the". Another
example is "I'm going to the Wal-mart after work" or "the Kmart".

Bev Parks

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chris Hamilton [SMTP:chamilton -at- GR -dot- COM]
> Sent: Monday, April 06, 1998 1:57 PM
> To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> Subject: Re: THE IBM
> 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.

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