Why did Thanos use the article “the” to refer to Ebony Maw?

KharoBangdo 05/16/2018. 1 answers, 7.297 views
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On my 3rd rewatch of Avengers: Infinity War, I noticed something weird. When Thanos arrives on Titan and sees Doctor Strange, they have the following conversation.

Dr. Strange: Oh, you are much more of a Thanos.
Thanos: I believe the Maw is dead? This day extracts a heavy toll.

Ebony Maw, (the wizard wannabe-voldemort) is one of the children of Thanos. Why would Thanos say "I believe the Maw is dead" instead of the grammatically correct "I believe Maw is dead"?

"The" is used to refer to a family name like "The Simpsons" or species "The dinosaurs" but never to a person's name.

Isn't Ebony Maw his full name. Is Maw some kind of species name?

1 Answers

A J 05/16/2018.

I think you've misheard the dialogue. That dialogue was

Thanos: I take it that Maw is dead? This day extracts a heavy toll.

Transcript source this, this and this and me

that sometimes sounds like the and that's probably where you got confused.

Isn't Ebony Maw his full name. Is Maw some kind of species name?

Yes, Ebony Maw is his full name and this is who Thanos was referring to.

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