Article addition?

When I was young I read a Roald Dahl book called “Danny, Champion of the World”.

It now seems as if this book has magically gained another article and become “Danny the Champion of the World”!

It sounds wrong. Did I just mis-remember? Or have they changed it?


OK that’s 2 people so far in the comments, plus me, plus D the other day who are mis-remembering this.  Are we all sure that there wasn’t a version put out without the “the”?


  1. Roger said,

    March 8, 2011 @ 7:45 am

    I would’ve agreed with you, but even this 1975 version has the the.

    It certainly sounds better without.

  2. LP said,

    March 8, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

    you can add me to the list of people with “the” blindness.

  3. Tom said,

    March 9, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

    I don’t remember the “the”, either. A google image search of book covers shows that it’s there, however.

  4. alby said,

    March 9, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

    I can’t help thinking there must have been something without the “the”. Those who have agreed with me that they can’t remember it are the sort of folk that I would expect would remember detail like this and also have an interest in things being “right”.

    Very very strange.

  5. Sue B said,

    March 11, 2011 @ 10:44 am

    This is record from British Library: 1975 Danny Champion of the World (Roald Dahl) but goes on to include the “the”

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