Should "The" Get Its Own Symbol?

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  • · Posted 58 months Ago
  •  BY Jack Lowe

Seeing as "the" is the most commonly used word in the English language, famous Australian restauranteur Paul Mathis has decided it should have its own symbol, much like "and" has "&". The symbol he's invented is similar to the cyrillic letter "Ћ" and combines an uppercase T and a lowercase h. "The word 'and' is only the fifth-most used word in English," said Mathis when speaking to The Age, "and it has its own symbol – the ampersand... isn't it time we accorded the same respect to 'the'?"

He's not joking around either. He's already invested around $75,000 AUD (approx. £45,000) developing the symbol, believing it could save a lot of people a lot of time. Not to mention allowing for longer tweets. He's also produced a range of Android keyboards called "THE Keyboard" which include the Ћ symbol. The most expensive keyboard in the range also features hortcuts for the 14 next most-used words in the English language. What do you think, does "the" deserve its own shortcut symbol?

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