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Poster of Smokey the Bear w. Smokey hold
News Headline: “Only you can wish Smokey the Bear a happy birthday.”
Dave Carr, an Owen Sound, Ontario, reader, writes that it would be a fine birthday present if people stopped using a “the” in Smokey Bear’s name.
And can it be time for QT’s annual reminder that there is never a “the” in front of Magna Carta or hoi polloi?
And that there is always a “the” in front of the Mahatma Gandhi?
Not yet.
But almost.

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