Easiest way to order similar items in results/ActiveRecord

Hopefully this will be as easy to achieve as most other things in

How could I order a resultset so that the following order would occur:

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So basically I want words like "the" or "a" to be ignored. Would I
have to strip these leading words out when inputting into the DB and
sort on this field? Or is there an easier way?