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The story of the word "the"

(0) Once apon a time, a long time ago, there was no word "the." So this is how people talked, "Where is bathroom?" or, "I am new dog walker." People felt kind of funny talking like this. So one day, two young kids (their names were Annie and Nonomous)decided to make up a word. (Annie Nonomous, Age 8 to 12, 3/22/2006 9:56:48 PM, storyofthewordthe)

(1) It was 'the.' Annie and Nonomous coined it, and so, there the was... (Cierra, Age 8 to 12, 8/12/2006 5:51:55 PM, storyofthewordthe)

(2) One day Annie said to Nonomous " clouds in sky are beautiful" Finally Nonomous said "I am tired of talking in sentances that dont make sence. Lets think up of a new word". Both of them thought for a while "there, this, a,..."and the list went on and on. Annie finally said I thought of a word....It should be the" "THE" they said together (Regina, Age 13 to 18, 8/12/2006 7:52:22 PM, storyofthewordthe)

(3) Nonomous" T.H.E., ok that's how we'll spell it"! Annie thinks for a moment then nodds. " Well how are we supposed to tell THE whole world about THE new word?" Annie asked. Nonomous pondered and then just shrugged. (Halle, Age 8 to 12, 4/20/2015 12:23:22 PM, storyofthewordthe)

(4) All of a sudden, Nonomous inquired, "Hey, where'd you get idea to call word 'the'? It sounds funny!" Annie laughed. "It sounds like foreign word other people use. Anyway, it will sound funny for long time!" Then Nonomous decided on a simple idea. They would start to use the new word regularly and then other people would settle on it! (sweetpea-c, Age 8 to 12, 9/10/2006 8:17:08 PM, storyofthewordthe)

(5) Annie agreed, "If people start using new word, maybe we can persuade people to make regular word!" Nonomous and Annie got to work on their new plan. (sweetpea-c, Age 8 to 12, 9/10/2006 8:19:14 PM, storyofthewordthe)

(6) This is going to be very odd talking with THE. How should we use it? (gooooooooooooooooooood, Age 8 to 12, 10/5/2006 8:52:19 PM, storyofthewordthe)

(7) "How about where is the bathroom or I am the new dog walker," said Annie. "yeah!" said anonymous people. and that's what they did (Nate, Age 8 to 12, 4/20/2015 12:26:00 PM, storyofthewordthe)

(8) One day Annie and Nonomous went to the town square with their parents. "Wow!" exclaimed Annie, 'I really think THE apples at THE stand over there look THE best!" Annie's mother and father looked at each other, and then at Annie. "What did you say?" asked Annie's mother puzzled. (Billy Boy, Age 5 to 8, 1/4/2007 11:45:29 AM, storyofthewordthe)

(9) "THE" said Annie. It is a new word that we came up with. I think that if we start saying it. It will officially be a new word. "What do you think?" Annie's mother was speechless. (Star, Age 8 to 12, 1/9/2007 4:02:57 PM, storyofthewordthe)

(10) "Of course we'll use your new word kids!" Annie's father said quickly with a sharp look at his wife, "Whatever you kids want to do is fine with us and we'l support you all THE way!" So Annie and Nonommous's parents stared using the word THE and eventually they got used to the word and because Annie and Nonomous's parents were well known and influential people in the community many people caught on to the word and started to accept it. (Minnie Mouse, Age 13 to 18, 1/9/2007 8:46:13 PM, storyofthewordthe)

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