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Teh is an Internet slang neologism most frequently used as an English article, based on a common typographical error of "the". Teh has subsequently developed grammatical usages distinct from the.[1] It is not common in spoken or written English outside technical or leetspeak circles, but when spoken, it is pronounced /tɛ/, /tə/, or /t/.[2]


Teh originates from the common typo of the, as might both occur and remain uncorrected when a person was typing rapidly prior to the widespread availability of autocorrect helper applications, and has become conventionalized in a variety of contexts.

In addition, it is a standard feature of leetspeak[3] and can be used ironically[4] or to mock someone's lack of "techie" knowledge or skills, as an insult, or to reinforce a group's elitism;[2] cf. eye dialect.


  1. ^ Ross, Nigel (July 2006). "Writing in the Information Age". English Today. 22 (3): 39–45. doi:10.1017/S0266078406003063. S2CID 143850443.
  2. ^ a b LeBlanc, Tracy Rene (May 2005). "Is there a translator in teh house?": Cultural and discourse analysis of a virtual speech community on an internet message board (PDF). University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-03. Retrieved 2007-07-06.
  3. ^ Tavosanis, Mirko (2007-01-08). "A Causal Classification of Orthography Errors in Web Texts" (PDF). IJCAI-07 Workshop on Analytics for Noisy Unstructured Text Data (AND-07). Hyderabad, India: International Association for Pattern Recognition. pp. 99–106. Retrieved 2007-07-06.
  4. ^ Blashki, Katherine; Sophie Nichol (2005). "Game Geek's Goss: Linguistic creativity in young males within an online university forum (94/\/\3 933k'5 9055oneone)". Australian Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society. 3 (2): 77–86. Retrieved 2007-07-06.

External links[edit]

  • The dictionary definition of teh at Wiktionary