ABSTRACT

THE word " the " implies existence and uniqueness; it is a mistake to talk of " the son of So-and-So " if So-and-So has a fine family of ten sons.1 People who refer to " the Oxford Movement " imply that Oxford only moved once ; and those quaint people who say that " A is quite the gentleman " imply both the doubtful proposition that there is only one gentleman in the world, and the indubitably false proposition that he is that man. Probably A is one of those persons who add to the confusion in the use of the definite article by speaking of his wife as " the wife."