Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Vintage Þorn

No, it's not what you think, ha ha.

Long ago, the symbol Þ used to be used when there was a "th" sound, such as in the word "the". It's called a thorn (Þ, Alt-0254; þ, Alt+0222), or, at one time, a þorn.

Nifty, huh?

Here's a better explanation.

5 Talked Back:

At February 21, 2006 at 3:35:00 PM CST, Blogger Nicole said...

Since I've become a fan of yours, I came across this post and had to comment.

Last year I was in a Medieval Literature class at the university I was attending and we studied the Middle English language. We spent about half of the semester translating our required text from Middle English to Modern English. It was an amazing class. Anyway, we had to learn about the "thorn" because it was the "th" of Old and Middle English. So, all that to say, thanks for sharing. I've bookmarked the website you linked for further research!

 

At February 21, 2006 at 4:23:00 PM CST, Blogger Jana Swartwood said...

Hi, I don't know you, but I'm a friend of Nicole's (see above) and I was curious how you got the "thorn" character to show up in your blog. Every time I've tried to insert Middle English characters, the system hasn't let me. Thanks!

 

At February 21, 2006 at 4:34:00 PM CST, Blogger Nicole said...

I'm so glad you asked that, Jana. I meant to ask, but by the time I finished typing my comment, I had completely forgotten.

 

At February 21, 2006 at 8:42:00 PM CST, Blogger stan said...

In edit HTML mode, type Þ for the lowercase, and þ for the uppercase.

Here's a chart of a buncha characters.

 

At February 25, 2006 at 1:36:00 AM CST, Blogger Dave said...

And to think I've been using that all this time and never knew... :þ

 

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