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Continuing on a Gaffe

April 2, 2007

Remember how you’re not supposed to use “the” with Wii? (I’m fascinated with this, as you can tell.) Well, I’d just like to expound a little on Rollin’s explanation.

Use “the” when referring to a specific model of a platform. While you wouldn’t say “the XBox 360,” you would say “the XBox 360 Elite.” Don’t say “the DS,” say “the DS Lite.” Since no specific model is named when saying “DS” or “XBox 360,” journalists/enthusiasts are allowed to say “the 20G PS3.”



If I’m totally wrong, please say so.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Toxic permalink
    April 2, 2007 8:00 pm

    A bit short for my first post, but whatever.

  2. April 2, 2007 8:10 pm


  3. frisby permalink
    April 2, 2007 8:51 pm

    At least someone read.commented on your first post.

  4. April 4, 2007 11:16 am

    I love the short posts!

  5. April 4, 2007 3:03 pm

    Short posts are good. Also, i use ´the¨with all those except Wii because Wii is derived from a certain type of pronoun that makes no sense with a the in front. For example: i, me, you, they, them, him, her.

  6. April 4, 2007 3:39 pm

    I still have my doubts that the Japanese exec who came up with the name “Wii” was thinking of the English “We” when he thought that one up…

  7. Toxic permalink
    April 5, 2007 10:19 am

    Do you think he was thinking of the English “Wee”?

    And to Rollin, you mentioned that “Wii” was a proper noun and that was one of the reasons why you said a “the” shouldn’t go in front of it. Xbox and PlayStation are both proper nouns.

  8. Rollin permalink
    April 7, 2007 12:25 pm

    I said pronoun, not proper noun. Prepositional pronoun is what it is, i think, and i said ‘We’ which is the origin of ‘Wii’.

    I doubt this was a Japanese idea at first. Either way it’s english for us, and we must obey thine sacred english rules.

  9. April 7, 2007 8:46 pm


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