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Top 10 things that are not 'the'

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This list was suggested by Dean Bullen, after a pedant pointed out that the metal-detecting TV series is Detectorists, not The Detectorists. Just as it is Bodyguard (thanks to Andrew Raeburn). I have done countries that used to be “the” (Netherlands, Ukraine and so on) but here are 10 other things.

1. Spice Girls. Top of a long list of pop groups to spurn the definite article. Nominated by David Lister. Phil Riley adds: “Glenn and Don were very insistent that the band were known as Eagles, not The Eagles – a forlorn hope if you ask me.” Also: Small Faces (Judith Clare), Pixies, Manic Street Preachers (Mark Hobbs), Pet Shop Boys (Beverley Barrett) and Cocteau Twins (Tim Farron). At the other end of the spectrum is The The, a band that made fun of the self-importance of some of “The” Big Names.

2. BuzzFeed​.........

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