View Full Version : "The" Great Smoky Mountains

08-16-2008, 12:47 PM
Not to get too technical here, but the article "the" would be appropriate to describe the "smokie" mountains:

"An article is a word that combines with a noun to indicate the type of reference being made by the noun. The three main articles in the English language are the, an and a. An article is sometimes called a noun marker, although this is generally considered to be an archaic term.[1]
It is sometimes wondered which part of speech articles belong to. Despite much speculation, articles are not adjectives, as they do not describe nouns; THEY JUST AGREE WITH THEM. " (Wikipedia)

One does not go to Grand Canyon (there are places called this), they go to THE Grand Canyon. One does not go to THE Yellowstone National Park, because "THE" does not agree with it ;-)

08-16-2008, 05:47 PM
Uhm, OK!

Perhaps someone could tell you where to go without using an article?

Heavy hittin' with the Wikipedia, there. And the "the" I used was a definite article. Right? Right. So, hope THAT wasn't too technical. :rolleyes:

08-16-2008, 06:25 PM
(In Boomhowers voice) Man, dang all this old dang old fancy talk man!:eek: :biggrin:

08-16-2008, 08:53 PM

Sorry if I came across as an abrasive individual, I am not. There was some discussion in one of Byrons fishing reports as to weather the Smoky Mountains should be called the THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS or just refer to them as GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS. This was my rationale as to why they should be called THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS.

Sorry if I offended you or any one else concerning this matter.

08-16-2008, 08:57 PM

08-16-2008, 10:05 PM
:confused: :mad: :eek: Who cares! There be fish in dem dar hills! So go an git yourself one dem dar fly rod doo hickies and fiiiiiish! Jeeze, someone else tell him to git off dat puter and fish? Dif all else don't make no difference git yourself some shine, that there should make dis all b betur!


Also I speak south fluently! Southern English Major

08-16-2008, 10:13 PM

AAAAAAAWWWWWWWW!!!!!! Some one I can finally UNDERSTAND!!!!!!!! ;-)

08-16-2008, 11:09 PM

AAAAAAAWWWWWWWW!!!!!! Some one I can finally UNDERSTAND!!!!!!!! ;-)

Oh, I forgot to add...every word stated above was easily two syllables!:cool:

08-17-2008, 12:17 AM

Yep, your right!!!!!!!!!! Counted every one of them!

08-17-2008, 10:06 AM
It is correct to not have "the" in the title. This is because you do not use articles with proper nouns or names. For this same reason, Byron's store is "Little River Outfitters", not "The Little River Outfitters". Another example: We say "Doctor Smith", not "The Doctor Smith".

08-17-2008, 10:49 AM

Thanks for setting me straight. Now I can sleep tonight :-)

08-17-2008, 04:19 PM
Where yat, guys? The big exception to Trevor's rule is The Ohio State University. Or if your from East Tennessee, you visit the Walmart (though not the Target).

08-17-2008, 04:22 PM
I'm getting a HEADACHE!!!!!!!! It's all my fault...........I know :-(

Gatlinburg Chill Band
03-24-2010, 11:25 PM
I moved here in January from MS. Used to lake fishing. This is quite a culture shock fishing up here to my wife and myself. We have been going everyday this week. I am using an artificial little jig. Caught my first 2 rainbows today. What a rush. trying a few different things figuring it out. Think I will be swapping to a fly rod in a few weeks. Gonna stick to the minicast right now. May try live bait tomorrow. Any suggestions.

Jim Casada
03-25-2010, 09:26 AM
Gatlinburg Chill Band--Just to be sure you know, bait is illegal in the Park. Although it has been many decades since I used bait for trout, for bigger fish it is mighty hard to beat spring lizards (what locals call salamanders), and this time of year red worms are a good choice. If I had to pick a single bait for trout, it would be "nests" (larva from wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets), but I've got a better idea. Go ahead and get that fly fishing outfit and start using it. The sooner you do so the sooner you will take the first steps of a marvelous transition in your approach to fishing.
Jim Casada
www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com (http://www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com)
P. S. I spent much of my career in the academic world, but the general tenor of this particular thread left me shaking my head. I would make one point. Somewhere early on an entry from Wikipedia was cited as if it was gospel. In truth Wikipedia is woefully unpredictable and often inaccurate--anyone can post an entry in it.

03-25-2010, 02:42 PM
...Or if your from East Tennessee, you visit the Walmart (though not the Target).

Yep, Charlie, its the Walmart.

I've been fortunate to get to work for a company in Northeast Tennessee for many years. It was once part of Eastman Kodak Company until being spun off as Eastman Chemical Company. Throughout the many years however, I and many others up that way referred to the company as simply the Eastman, or even more commonly, Theastman.:smile:


Rog 1
03-25-2010, 03:52 PM
Ever notice how many businesses spell Smoky Mountains as Smokie Mountains....named my first lab "Smoky" and was registered that way with AKC...but everyone wanted to spell her name "Smokie"....having been raised in a family of locals from Sevierville we just call them "the mountains"

03-25-2010, 08:37 PM
Common usage when referring to geographic places where the noun is generic is to include the "the". So we say, "I prefer the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific" rather than "I prefer Atlantic Ocean to Pacific".

04-02-2010, 06:49 PM

Yep, your right!!!!!!!!!! Counted every one of them!

Sometimes I run out of my 10 fingers and 11 toes and just have to say it "a whole lotta"

Not that I care but it shouldn't be like the heading of this board that says ""The" Great Smoky Mountains. Smoky National Park sounds lame.

04-04-2010, 04:09 PM
Technically, the official name is "Great Smoky Mountains National Park." But, whatever we call it, I think I'll just fish it tomorrow.