Wouldn’t it be easier if the word “the” was just simply a letter?
Well at least one person seems to think so.
Aussie restaurateur, Paul Mathis has invented a new letter of the alphabet to replace the word “the” because he thinks it is more efficient.
The letter looks like the Cyrillic letter ‘Ћ’. If an upper case T and a lower case h were to have a typographic baby, this is what it would look like.
Mathis has invested $38,000 into developing the symbol which he would like to see added as a 27th letter of the alphabet.
“The word ‘and’ is only the fifth-most used word in English and it has its own symbol – the ampersand,” Mathis told The Age. “Isn’t it time we accorded the same respect to ‘the’?”