The poor thorn. After reading this, I definitely think it should make a comeback.


"Incidentally, the use of y for Thorn in print is where we derive our pseudomedieval idea of "ye olde" from. The "ye" here should be pronounced exactly like the word the."



"The long s, another letter variant, was one of the last to die out in English. In text, it can often be mistaken for an f without the stroke. Its use as lowercase s at the beginning or in the middle of words dates back to the 8th century, but it was effectively defunct by the beginning of the 19th century."

I have always wondered about the long s... I always just thought it was how the font worked for the lowercase s back then, not that it was an actual letter in itself.