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Definitely, Bronx

Posted in Uncategorized by m.snowe on January 27, 2010

Five Boroughs. Awesome. Why does only the one use the definite article? Why is it “The Bronx,” but not “The Brooklyn,” or “The Queens”? According to wikipedia, The Bronx is legally and colloquially referred to with the definite article. The United States Postal Service does not recognize “The” in front of Bronx, and “Bronx County” doesn’t either, but that’s it. Its vague historical origin suggests The Bronx was named after a settler or two, and also the subsequent river (and rivers more commonly employ definite articles).

So what other places use “the”? m.snowe is having a hard time thinking of cities or towns in the U.S. that use the definite article. Give me something, people. Or hell, make shit up. What cities would sound better (or funnier) with an article in front?

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  1. m.snowe said, on January 27, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Some ideas:

    The Phoenix, Arizona

    The Long Beach, California

    The Buffalo, New York

    Also, isn’t it funny that the only other definite articles I could find in U.S. city names are in a foreign language, which aids in distracting from thinking about their status as definite articles? (Las Vegas, La Jolla, etc.)

  2. fictionadvocate said, on January 27, 2010 at 9:39 am

    The Billings, Montana

    The Pierre, South Dakota

    Abroad, there’s The Hague.


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