My father told me a story on the telephone today. Someone called him back in his Cleveland days and asked him if he could play "Faure Requiem." My father interpreted this as a question about whether he was available to play "for" a requiem, so he asked the caller which requiem it would be. They went back and forth for a while, and then my father finally understood that the requiem in question was THE Faure Requiem.
You could make this stuff up, but I know he didn't!