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Hear ye this

Posted by Henry on July 26, 2003

In Reply to: "Ye Olde ..." posted by GPP on July 26, 2003

: Am I correct in thinking there has never been such a word in English as 'ye' meaning 'the' (as opposed to 'you'), and that the entire "Ye Olde ..." industry is based on a misreading of an antique script where the 'th' characters appeared to resemble a 'Y'?

Yes. The name of this runic symbol is thorn. See http://odin.math.nau.edu/~wcs/thorn.html and other sites.