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Conventional grammar

Which is grammatically correct?

at the Eastercon
7(8.8%)
at Eastercon
69(86.2%)
(What is this "Eastercon" you keep going on about?)
4(5.0%)


To keep this poll simpler: take as read that whether or not it needs a definite article for this year, it'll be "an Eastercon" speaking more generally.

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a_d_medievalist
Apr. 18th, 2012 12:32 pm (UTC)
I also didn't answer, because it's not a question of grammar, per se. My own opinion is along the lines of drplotka and "lj user="tisiphone">, but slightly different. My friends who regularly attend say they are going "to Eastercon", which has always implied to me that it is a proper name, in spirit and usage, if not in fact. If I heard it, I would automatically connect it to a con regularly held in England on Easter weekend. Otherwise, it would be 'an' Easter con, perhaps, but more likely a con at Easter.

So in drplotka's example, I infer that the article has been dropped because 1983 was a very early one, before the con became an institution. By becoming an institution, tisiphone's analogy of Disneyworld (am I the only person who thinks about Disneyland as the first choice?) works perfectly.
drplokta
Apr. 18th, 2012 12:37 pm (UTC)
No, 1983 was just my first Eastercon, so I used it as an example. It was the 34th Eastercon (small print may apply to this number, but it's not relevant), so it was already a venerable institution by that point.
nmg
Apr. 18th, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
More to the point, the 1983 Eastercon was Albacon II. In any given year, the Eastercon will have a name other than "Eastercon"; talking about "going to Eastercon this year" could be viewed as shorthand for saying "going to the Eastercon this year, the name of which I have forgotten".
tisiphone
Apr. 18th, 2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
I didn't choose Disneyland because it's not unique, there's a bunch of them, so it'd be reasonable to say "at the Paris Disneyland" but not "at the Disneyworld".