The Additional "The"

Friday, April 9, 2004 2:20 PM
Does it bother (well annoy) anyone else here how the GP (and some enthusiasts) use the additional "the" before speaking of rides. Ex. I went on the Kraken. How long is the line for the Montu, etc. Just a little pet peeve and I want to know if anyone else notices this.
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Friday, April 9, 2004 2:24 PM
No offense, I strongly believe it is very petty to be offended or upset what OTHER PEOPLE (gp) call a ROLLER COASTER.....
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Friday, April 9, 2004 2:26 PM
I'm not offended by people saying this, I just want to know if this annoys (slightly) anyone else or if anyone else even notices it.
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Friday, April 9, 2004 2:31 PM
I don't even notice it.
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Friday, April 9, 2004 2:32 PM
Yeh I realize that you might not be, but its just incredibly redonculous (yes indeed I did say that) how people bash other people who don't happen to be as passionate toward a hobby (I guess you could call roller coasters that) as they are...
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Friday, April 9, 2004 2:33 PM
When does the off-season officially come to an end?
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Friday, April 9, 2004 2:44 PM
The Stitch asked: "Does it bother (well annoy) anyone else here how the GP (and some enthusiasts) use the additional "the" before speaking of rides?"

The Moosh sez: I notice, but I'm not bothered by it.

*** Edited 4/9/2004 7:04:29 PM UTC by Mamoosh***

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Friday, April 9, 2004 2:58 PM
I'm going to back up Stitch... a little bit. The thought has crossed my mind. It crossed my mind for... (you guessed it) a little bit. But, if I had to answer the question, I would answer 'No'.

However, Stitch did ask two questions.


Stitch said:
...I want to know if anyone else notices this.
See... he said it right there. So, I would have to sadly answer 'Yes' to that question.

Tyler - who may kill right now to get on a coaster *** Edited 4/9/2004 7:03:52 PM UTC by Neuski***

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Friday, April 9, 2004 3:10 PM
I hate it when people from Chicago say I'm going to "The Jewels." It's just "Jewel" dammit.
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Friday, April 9, 2004 3:12 PM
I notice and it annoys me. I'm an editor so I can't help it.

Note, however, that some rides do have the "the" as part of the name (The Beast and The Racer at PKI come to mind).

Off-topic, but do you know what else is annoying? When someone finds out you're an enthusiast, and they say something like, "Hey, have you rode dat one ride that goes like this [makes swirl in air]? The Batman or something? It's at dat park with the really fast ride?"

EDIT: Dawn, people around here do the same for Kroger and Meijer. *** Edited 4/9/2004 7:12:59 PM UTC by Den***

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Friday, April 9, 2004 3:22 PM
I notice it and it bothers me. I notice it most often with grocery stores. It's especially annoying when they add "the" and make it plural. "I'm going to the Krogers."

I'm also bothered when people leave "the" out when it so obviously belongs. We have a couple of trucks that people in the lab use when somebody needs to run an errand or whatever. People write on the sign out sheet "Bill needs green truck on Wednesday." I constantly insert a "the" before green.

Maybe I'm too petty.

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Friday, April 9, 2004 3:23 PM
Dawn annoys me ;)
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Friday, April 9, 2004 3:24 PM
Den, I usually respond to that question with:

"Oh, sure, you mean Batman: The Ride at Six Flags? Great one. There are actually several of those very same coasters at different Six Flags parks in the U.S., and even in Europe. But those parks aren't Six Flags parks anymore, since the company has been in debt for some time and had to sell all of their European parks. They also sold their park in Cleveland, though, to Cedar Fair. There's a Batman coaster there, too, but it's a bit different. Rather than hanging from the track, the train rides on top of the track like a regular coaster, except that the cars are open and your legs still dangle from your seat over the track--it's called a 'floorless' coaster. Although, since Six Flags sold the park, and they are the ones that own the rights to the DC Comics character names, Cedar Fair had to change the name to Dominator. Do you think that name sucks? I don't, but I visit this message board on a daily basis with a bunch of coaster enthusiasts, and a bunch of them think it's a really lame name. What a bunch of whiners though...and they always just spout off everything they know about coasters and stuff when any old Schmoe asks them a coaster-related question, like they have nothing else to talk about...sheesh. What a bunch of dorks. So anyway, have you ridden the one that..."

That usually shuts them up...

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Friday, April 9, 2004 3:25 PM
LOL Vater...but you forgot to through in some trivial coaster stats, too.
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Friday, April 9, 2004 3:27 PM
Moosh and Vater are "the dorks" ;)
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Friday, April 9, 2004 3:27 PM
Better than being "the bithc" ;)
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Friday, April 9, 2004 3:35 PM
I never took notice to it but, I'm sure I'll hear it all the time now. Thanks alot Stitch.

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Friday, April 9, 2004 3:40 PM
Damn, I did forget the random stats...which of course have to be dead-on correct, otherwise I'd just be a member of the dreaded 'GP'!
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Friday, April 9, 2004 3:49 PM
Coasterpunk: Your very welcome.
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Friday, April 9, 2004 3:51 PM
Hey Den, it shouldn't annoy you because if everyone used/spoke/wrote English correctly, y'all'd be out of a job!

Then again, even the best writers make mistakes...so be you'd probably gainfully still employed. ;)

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