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“THE” Ohio State Univ seeks to trademark English language’s most popular word

Mike Thomas

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No, it’s not an April fools joke—The Ohio State University is reportedly seeking a trademark for the word “THE” to be used on a line of branded clothing.

For the uninitiated, this trademark attempt comes in reference to the emphasis which is often placed on the first word in the university’s legal name (“THE” Ohio State University), much to the chagrin of non-Buckeyes everywhere.

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Attorney Josh Gerben, who frequently breaks down copyright-related news on Twitter, gives his assessment of the situation in the post embedded below:

As Gerben explains, OSU may have some obstacles to overcome in securing the rights to the most commonly used word in the English language (according to the Oxford English Corpus).

Shocking as it may seem, just putting the word “The” on the front of a hat or or t-shirt is not considered adequate usage qualifying for trademark.

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Friday Feel Good: Watch soldier surprise his family at CBJ game

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Grab the tissues because you'll be crying happy tears after this video of a local soldier surprising his family after deployment.

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During Military Appreciation Night at Nationwide Arena on Thursday, Dale Burke and her kids Katie, Leo, and Aubrey were playing an in-game contest. They were tasked with choosing a mystery prize behind the curtain or $100 in cash. They chose the mystery prize.

The stakes were raised when they were offered $200 in cash or the mystery prize. The Burke's stuck with the unknown, which turned out to be the best choice ever.

The curtain was pulled to reveal Army National Guard Sgt. Leonard Burke, returning home to his wife and kids after an 11-month deployment in Kuwait.

The Blue Jackets win was the cherry on top of an amazing night at Nationwide Arena.

Thank you, Sgt. Burke, and all the other men and women in uniform for your sacrifice and service.

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Body discovered at Ohio State University construction site

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A body was discovered at a construction site on Ohio State University’s campus Friday morning.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Ohio State University Police were first called the area of Neil Avenue and 11th Avenue near the dorm Mack Hall around 6:30am.

The university said there is no ongoing threat.

No additional details were released as the investigation continues.

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Officer bitten by coyote in east Columbus

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Police are investigating an incident in which officers shot and killed a wild coyote after one officer was bitten by the animal.

According to 10TV, the officer was assisting a stranded driver on I-70 eastbound near Hamilton Road when the animal approached and attacked a state road worker, who was also attempting to help the stranded driver.

The coyote then bit the officer, who punched the animal, causing it to flee. When more officers arrived at the scene, the coyote returned and began acting aggressively.

After employing everything from mace to a taser on the coyote to no avail, officers at the scene shot and killed the aggravated canine. The officer who was bitten was taken to the hospital in stable condition and is expected to recover.

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