THE Ohio State Is Catching Strays After Associated Press Brands It ‘Dehumanizing’

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THE Ohio State University and the Buckeyes Football team were catching strays on Thursday.

This came after the @APStylebook account fired off a tweet about the dehumanizing use of the word ‘the’. The AP Style Book recommends writers avoid using ‘the’ labels.

Their tweet reads:

“We recommend avoiding general and often dehumanizing “the” labels such as the poor, the mentally ill, the French, the disabled, the college-educated. Instead, use wording such as people with mental illnesses. And use these descriptions only when clearly relevant.”

UPDATE: the AP deleted their tweet and issued an apology

Let’s ignore the fact that they mentioned ‘the French’ for a moment. We’ll discuss that eventually. Because we’re here to talk about THE Ohio State Buckeyes.

It didn’t take long after that APStylebook tweet for OSU tweets to start rolling in:

It is hard to tell who is pro-THE Ohio State University and fans of other schools who are dragging them:

Time to drop ‘the’?

Ohio State doesn’t have ‘THE’ in their Twitter handle. Food for thought.

It would be great to see THE Ohio State University’s official Twitter account reply to this nonsense at some point:

Sadly. I looked through several thousand tweets and not a single person… Not ONE that I could find is making a joke about ‘The U’. We cannot say The U is back until they’re getting dragged on Twitter like the Blue Bloods.

I’d wanted to write this article about The U and being pulled into this conversation. The Spun has also covered this Ohio State phenomenon. But The U isn’t even part of the conversation!

Elsewhere in the mentions, everyone is making jokes about The French and THE Batman:

Sums up the French logging onto Twitter and seeing this nonsense:

While we’re at it…

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