January 14, 2009

"Ther" Florida State University

"He's Winnie-ther-Pooh. Don't you know what 'ther' means?"
"Ah, yes, now I do," I said quickly; and I hope you do too, because it is all the explanation you are going to get.
--A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Apparently, Florida State University's administrators are going ther route of adding ther definite article to ther university's name, in a vain hope that definite articles do anything for image. (Hat tip.)

Second thought: Maybe this would have been more interesting if ther administrators had put "the" in the middle of ther name. Imagine, if you will,

  • Florida State the University
  • Ohio State the University
  • Johns Hopkins the University
  • State University of New York the Press

I'm not sure that's an improvement, but at least it has ther advantage of making you think a bit.

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Tags: bad pun, Florida colleges and universities, pretentious
Posted in Higher education on January 14, 2009 8:27 AM |