Thorn with stroke

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Ꝥꝥ

(minuscule: ), or Þ (thorn) with stroke was a scribal abbreviation common in the Middle Ages. It was used for Old English "þæt" (Modern English "that"), as well as Old Norse "þor-", the "-þan"/"-ðan" in síðan,[1] "þat", "þæt", and "þess". In Old English texts, the stroke tended to be more slanted, while in Old Norse texts it was straight. In Middle English times, the ascender of the þ was reduced (making it similar to the Old English letter Wynn, ƿ), which caused the thorn with stroke abbreviation ( OE thaet.png ) to be replaced with a thorn with a small t above the letter ( Middle English that.svg ).

Unicode encodes Ꝥ as U+A764 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER THORN WITH STROKE (HTML Ꝥ), and ꝥ at U+A765 LATIN SMALL LETTER THORN WITH STROKE (HTML ꝥ).

A thorn with a stroke on the descender also exists. The codepoints are U+A766 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER THORN WITH STROKE THROUGH DESCENDER (HTML Ꝧ), and U+A767 LATIN SMALL LETTER THORN WITH STROKE THROUGH DESCENDER (HTML ꝧ).

References[edit]

  1. ^ AM 655, p1 recto, lines 4, 14, & 17 [1]
  • Michael Everson (editor), Peter Baker; et al. (30 January 2006). "Proposal to add medievalist characters to the UCS" (PDF). Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  • "Proposal to add LATIN LETTER THORN WITH DIAGONAL STROKE to the UCS" (PDF). 17 October 2017. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  • Andrew West, What's that?, an article about the proposal to add medievalist characters to the UCS
  • Unicode Character 'Latin capital letter thorn with stroke' (U+A764)
  • Unicode Character 'Latin small letter thorn with stroke' (U+A765)