Dispatches

Musings on all things typography and design.

 

þorn

 

Still used in Icelandic language today, the letter Þ is pronounced more or less like "th". Around 14th century when the letter became more widely used, over time it started to look like the letter "Y". Many printers in the 15th century didn't have the letter Þ so they used a "Y" and manuscripts of the time abbreviated "the" as "Yᵉ". Thanks to the Bible we pronounced "ye" with the "y" sound so the correct pronunciation of "Ye Olde Tavern" should be "The Olde Tavern". The silent "e" in Olde is a whole other topic. #typography #language #þorn #thorn #design

 
cody dennison