TIL that the reason old pubs have “Ye Old” instead of “The Old” is because when the printing press was invented in Germany, they didn’t have any letters for the old letter Thorn, which made a “th” sound. Thorn ultimately was replaced with Y because they looked similar until the Th start was popular.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorn_(letter)

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  1. Btw, this is also why english speakers say you when basically every other nearby cognate is either tu or du

    It’s because we actually used to say thu, spelled thou, but those non thorn having germans and their printing press necessitated some creative letter substitution

    For anyone interested in Scots, this is apparently also happened to a Scots letter which made something like a y sound, but instead was replaced with Z, giving us the name Mackenzie in the process

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