Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! It is driving me absolutely up the wall. My DH has either just started making this particular grammatical error, or I have only recently started noticing it. I am not allowed to correct him anymore. Worse than this though, is the fecking Telegraph who have just published it in this otherwise vaguely interesting piece that I now cannot finish.
I thinkedam that they think it's how we say 'the'. DH is unfortunately a southern softie and delights in trying to impersonate (my relatively mild) Yorkshire accent (he wouldn't understand a bloody word of someone from Barnsley! neither can I ) by saying things like "Have you got owt for t' dinner, then?" or something equally ludicrous.
I think (though I haven't given this as much consideration as I would like) the only time I might say something like 't' is in conjunction with 'to' - e.g. "I am going tuh pub." where tuh is a combination of 'to' and 'the' and they sort of get merged together ... not 'the' on its own. Any other examples though? I may be wrong.