Date: Fri, 3 Dec 1993 15:00:37 EST
From: Bruce Southard ENSOUTHA[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ECUVM1.BITNET
Subject: Re: Eth and thorn - why did they vanish?
Thomas Pyles' _The Origins and Development of the English Language_ has
a section on "The Later Fate of Thorn, Eth, and Wynn" (pp. 30-31). Pyles
wrote that the thorn"continued in use until the very end of the Middle
Ages." There follows a discussion of _y_ being used as a representation
of thorn in "such pseudoantique absurdities as 'Ye Olde Choppe Suey
Shoppe." As best I can tell, this section was removed from the
Pyles/Algeo 3rd edition of _Origins_.
Regards, Ye Olde Scribe
Bruce Southard, English Department
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858 (919)757-6041