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Where 'ye' is used as an article, e.g. 'ye olde Shoppe', 'y' in fact represents the now obsolete letter 'thorn' of Old English and Old Norse, pronounced 'th'.
Over time, the the letter was written in a way that made it less and less distinguishable from the letter 'y'. With the introduction of typography, type fonts were imported from Germany or Italy where the thorn was not in use. The 'y' was therefore used to replace it.  More »
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This article does not cite any references or sources. Please help ... This orthography has sometimes led speakers of Modern English to pronounce "ye" as /ji:/. More »
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