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THE Ohio State University?

College_hopefulCollege_hopeful Registered User Posts: 745 Member
edited December 2004 in College Search & Selection
On Monday Night Football each week, they do player introductions where each player states their name and what college they went to. Almost every week there is at least one player who went to OSU. Yet for some reason, hardly any OSU alums call their alma mater "Ohio State", they all say with gusto, "THE Ohio State University." I've never heard any other school like that, where they put "THE" in front of the est of the college's name. So why do these Ohio State players (and other OSU alums I assume) put a definite article in front of their school's name?

By the way, my friend and I now call the school TOSU...
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Replies to: THE Ohio State University?

  • abrandel05abrandel05 Registered User Posts: 322 Member
    Hopkins is officially called The Johns Hopkins University, capitalized
  • bookiemombookiemom Registered User Posts: 1,914 Senior Member
    There is quite a lot of that with THE University of Michigan as well. My high school English teacher (though that was in the dark ages) referred to it simply as THE UNIVERSITY, even though there were several other universities in the state at the time.
  • College_hopefulCollege_hopeful Registered User Posts: 745 Member
    It just puzzles me why these athletes put so much emphasis on the "THE" in The Ohio State University...
  • afterhoursafterhours Registered User Posts: 391 Member
    In football, Ohio State fans say tOSU (The Ohio State University) because of their rich history. There are several teams with the acronym OSU (Okie St, Oregon State, etc), so Ohio State puts tOSU to signify Ohio State.
  • joevjoev - Posts: 2,924 Senior Member
    Us Ohioans say "Thee Ohio State University" because "Tha Ohio State University" sounds retarded. Beyond that, the only reason for the "the" is that OSU is the best football team ever to exist in college football. Plus THE biggest school in the nation, and (one of) THE (top 5) party school in the nation. Damn why did I go to Kent State?
  • TransferTransfer Registered User Posts: 740 Member
    I enjoyed watching the Alamo Bowl to find the announcers and ESPN ragging on "The" Ohio State University and its ethics problems.
  • NJresNJres Registered User Posts: 6,078 Senior Member
    You know, that is a very good question! I never noticed it. I went to their website, and there are actually logos (not all of them) with the word T ** H ** E over the words OHIO STATE. The word "THE" is definitely used as part of the entire school name in a fashion that you rarely see with other schools. There may be a reason for it, but I couldn't find it.
  • patientlywaitingpatientlywaiting Registered User Posts: 233 Junior Member
    ohh goodness.. shall we start this again? i think it's dumb that people say THE Ohio State University, it's like.. oh really, i didn't know there was another "Ohio State University." anyways.. TOSU rocks!@# =)
  • patientlywaitingpatientlywaiting Registered User Posts: 233 Junior Member
    "Us Ohioans say "Thee Ohio State University" because "Tha Ohio State University" sounds retarded."

    i second that.. Thee sounds so much better, but other than that.. people don't really say "the." down in cincy anyways we just say Ohio State, simple as that.
  • chelsea 2005chelsea 2005 Registered User Posts: 226 Junior Member
    i agree patientlywaiting. i live ~ 1/2 hr away from OSU, and my friends and i have always called it Ohio State or "OSU".
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