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"Ye" is pronounced "thee"
timelike01 at 8:25AM, March 17, 2008
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While watching the C-SPAN interview of author Seth Lerer a few months ago, I learned that the Old English word “ye” is actually pronounced “thee.” According to Lerer, “thee” was originally spelled with a letter that signified the “th” sound. Later, that letter was replaced with a letter that looks like “a ‘y’ with a hat” over it. Eventually, the word in question was spelled with a regular letter y. And as time passed, folks forgot about the true pronunciation of “ye.” And now folks pronounce it with a “y” sound instead of the correct “th” sound. Now that's what I call the biggest historical surpise I've heard since I learned that pirates never produced treasure maps!
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Marguati at 10:32AM, March 17, 2008
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timelike01
Now that's what I call the biggest historical surpise I've heard since I learned that pirates never produced treasure maps!


didn't they???
my life has no meaning anymore…
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rabidmochi at 7:18PM, March 17, 2008
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I've always wondered how you pronounced it;
I don't think I've ever heard anyone say “Ye” before. Only saw it in a few books, but didn't really care much for its pronunciation.
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