So I moved to the Bay Area two weeks ago, and one thing that seems weird to me about the local language is that people use "the" before the names of neighborhoods. (In Oakland/Berkeley, I've heard "the Rockridge", "the Elmwood", "the Temescal"; in SF "the Mission", "the Castro", "the Haight", "the Sunset", "the Richmond".)
So, um, is this actually happening or is this confirmation bias? And if it is real, do you have any idea why? These feel like names
to me, not descriptions
, and in my (Philadelphia) English names don't work like this.
This feels somehow related to this question about why people use "the" with road numbers
, but not exactly the same thing.