This is actually happening, According to the Columbus Dispatch, “Ohio State has officially registered a trademark for the most common word in the English language: “THE.”

They really did it.

“Ohio State is pleased to have received a trademark for THE on branded products associated with and sold through athletics and collegiate channels,” Ben Johnson, OSU senior director of media and public relations, said in a statement.

The trademark doesn’t allow them to sue every time someone says the word. It allows them to print “The” on t shirts, baseball caps, and hats, and no one else can. Not sure why anyone would want a t-shirt with a singular definite article, as it should then be followed by a noun. If they want to capture the Hispanic market, OSU will need to also trademark “el, la, los and las”. The?

As an OSU alum, I will not be participating, I will, however continue to wear my old Ted Ginn jersey on Saturdays this fall, telling people that it’s a C.J. Stroud jersey.


You can read the full story here, if you want.


Joe Winner spends his days combing through memes and off beat stories to bring you the side of Florida not always seen.