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Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Nov 14 02:48:30 UTC 2007

At 6:40 PM -0600 11/13/07, Gordon, Matthew J. wrote:
>I would have them say "Ohio State University" (or "Go Blue!"). It's
>the obsessive inclusion of the article, not the vowel quality used
>in pronouncing it, that I was noting. In this usage the article is
>commonly stressed and also pronounced with /i/.
>-Matt Gordon
 From a posting of mine from a little while back [#62550 (11 Sep 2006 13:47)]:

At 1:00 PM -0400 9/11/06, sagehen wrote:
>  >Is this why OSU refers to itself as "THE Ohio State University"?
>  >
So it appears; a recent paper on definiteness and uniqueness by
Craige Roberts (of the Ohio State University), uses this as an
example for this very reason.* But AFAIK Penn State isn't "the
Pennsylvania State University" to distinguish it from the University
of Pennsylvania (maybe because they wouldn't really mind being
confused with Penn while the relevant OSU would mind being confused
with Ohio U?).

>  >>
>>>  Perhaps this is the time to remember the OHIO war ... in
>>>  which Ohio Univ (Athens, 1804) wrestled the use of the name
>>>  "Ohio" in publicity from that new land-grant university in
>>>  Columbus (1858?) Previously Ohio State had used the word
>>>  "Ohio" alone w/o State in their self-reference.
>  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>Then there's Miami University, another source of confusion among Ohio schools.
>The American Dialect Society -

*"When I took my present position, I thought it odd that the official
name of the university is The Ohio State University, since most
university names omit an article. Someone explained to me that in the
nineteenth century the trustees of this state school were irate when
a group in southern
Ohio had the temerity to name their new private university Ohio
University, since the name might be taken to suggest an official
affiliation with the state. So, in 1878, when they changed this
institution's name from the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College,
they included the definite article in OSU's official name to counter
the impression that there was any other state university in Ohio."

The American Dialect Society -

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