dmytrish (dmytrish) wrote in linguaphiles,
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The Facebook

There's a moment in "The Social Network" when Sean Parker says to Zuckerberg that "the Facebook" should be changed to "Facebook". I still can't get a subtle linguistic sense of this transformation (my Slavic native languages have neither articles nor grammatical category of definiteness itself), my hypothesis is that earlier "the Facebook" needed to distinguish itself from some other facebooks (which ones?), but then it became the only meaning of the word, when it just doesn't need to be identified among others.
Could you explain this nuance? Thank you.
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