[lit-ideas] Re: Overused Words: "The", "A"

  • From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2004 07:59:37 EST

In a message dated 12/16/2004 9:14:55 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
aamago@xxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:
I kind  of like smoking gun myself.  People just like to find things to 
complain  about.

Interestingly, a study in the University of California at San Diego also  
showed that the most overused words in English was "the", followed by "a". This 
is amazing, if you think that the Romans (as they spoke Latin) never had the  
need to use the article, either definite or indefinite. I wonder if it is _so_ 
 necessary that you have to _overuse_ those two words?
(Surely Geary can write a Sunday poem without 'the' and a Sunday poem  
without 'a')


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