[Foundation-l] Why "Wikipedia" and not "the Wikipedia"?

geni geniice at gmail.com
Sat Jun 27 15:26:46 UTC 2009

2009/6/27 Ziko van Dijk <zvandijk at googlemail.com>:
> Hello,
> Could someone explain to me why "Wikipedia" is without definite
> article? In English you say "the Britannica", so why not "the
> Wikipedia"? I am wondering that also in German Wikipedians and
> non-Wikipedians tend to drop the article, although we say "der
> Brockhaus".
> Kind regards
> Ziko
> --
> Ziko van Dijk
> NL-Silvolde

In english you would frequently say Britannica with a "the". "The
Wikipedia" would only come up in contexts like "the wikipedia
encyclopedia..." which is about the only context I can think of where
you would see "the Encarta" show up.


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