A restaurateur from Australia wants to add a new letter to the alphabet... a one-letter symbol for the word "THE."

He says that since "the" is the most-used word in the English language, it should deserve its own symbol... after all, why does "and" get the ampersand (&) when "the" gets no recognition?

He has reportedly spent between $38,000 and $75,000 so far into turning "the" into a single letter.