The creator of Promtacular! (that’d be me, featured left*; let’s pretend I’m contemplating grammar) had the good fortune of being asked to do an online Q&A with John Kelly of the Washington Post last Friday.
Questions were presented by Mr. Kelly and by readers, which explains why — if you read through the hilarious and meandering transcript — many of the questions were less about proms and more about other topics Mr. Kelly has discussed recently, including but not limited to: the drinking policies of Preakness, DC’s new soda tax, the politics of diamonds, and the evils of high fructose corn syrup.
Do you have any idea what it feels like to be interjecting “serious” commentary about pictures of people with bad perms while readers from 3000 miles away are engaging in an embittered conversation about soda?
Distinguished. It feels distinguished.
One of the best questions was about why I tend to refer to prom as “prom” and not “THE prom.” And you know what? That’s a damn good question.
Where I grew up (Fairfield County, Connecticut), we always called it THE prom. But since I now live in California and my prom was *cough* a few years ago, I have to rely on what the kids on TV call it to keep myself up-to-date. Which is why I now generally refer to it as “prom.” No “the.”
But tell me: Am I wrong? What do you call it? Is it prom or THE prom? (And please include your age and location in your answer.) Let’s settle this once and for all.
*I included this ridiculous photo of me because posts without photos are boring, right? You’re welcome.