Sunday, April 22, 2012
T is for...The
The. It's a very simple word, but one that is used millions of time every day. In the first page of my MS, I use the word 'the' 13 times.
Yet it is a word that is almost invisible. It's so prevalent, used so often, and has so little in the way of meaning, it barely exists.
But try writing anything without it.
It is the first word of the title of many books and movies and I'm curious about that. I mean, it's the first word of the title of my new book, The Boyfriend Plague. Would the title have the same meaning if I lost 'the' and just called it Boyfriend Plague? Or A Boyfriend Plague? I think so. In this case 'the' gives the phrase a grounding it doesn't have without it, makes it specific.
Have you ever thought about the word 'the'?