The other day at work, I was almost done with my issue of People and I hadn’t even gone to lunch yet. My friend Holly had a copy of Seventeen that she had already finished.
(Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Let me say that ever since Atoosa Rubenstein took over, Seventeen has been AWESOME, even if you’re in your early-to-mid-20s!)
“Want to trade magazines?” I asked her.
“Sure,” she replied, handing over her copy. “It’s the prom issue.”
Ah, the prom issue.
I remember those from when I was younger. Each spring, Seventeen, Teen and all the other teen magazines had an issue entirely devoted to the prom, from dresses to makeup to prom stories. This issue was no exception, and every single page was devoted to the prom in some way. (I love the “real life stories” in the magazines, and this one featured My Girlfriend Died on Prom Night.)
Okay: it’s grammar time.
Throughout the magazine, they always said prom and not the prom.
I’m going to prom.
Prom is the best night of the year.
It’s only a week until prom.
Growing up, I always said the prom.
When I was a senior, I went to the prom alone and loved every minute of it.
The prom was at the Park Plaza in Boston.
We went to Caffe Pompeii in the North End after the prom.
To be completely honest, I never heard anyone omit the the until recently. I have the feeling it’s more prevalent with younger generations. I’ve heard younger people at Fairfield as well as young people on TV and in movies just say prom.
That sounds so strange to me! Maybe removing the word the makes it seem more important, like the most magical night of high school. To me, my junior prom was fun and my senior prom was a blast, but I would never consider either of them to be one of the best nights of my time in high school. The best nights of my high school career were spent with the drama club and especially the Brood.
I asked my 19-year-old sister whether she said prom or the prom. After all, she went to her own a year ago; surely, she would remember.
Sars: “I forget.”
Well, I guess it could be a geographical thing as well.
Now, it’s time for pictures:
This first one is the ugliest ad that I could ever imagine. It could not be worse. How did this make it past all the top marketing people? Do people actually find this attractive?
The greatest picture from my own senior prom:
I’m in front. God, I wish I were still that skinny.
Tell me: when you went to yours, did you say “I went to prom” or “I went to the prom”? I’d really like to figure this out. If you could also tell me where you’re from and a general idea of when you went, that would be helpful. Any thoughts?