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This is a scoping question. I'd like to ask a question that initially seems like something more suitable for ELU, but is really about the history of printing.

Specifically, whether/how early printers (specifically German) contributed to English abandoning the letter thorn (Þ) for voiced and unvoiced th: Initially replaced with y, (thus we get ye olde Historie Stack) and eventually with just th. I also want to ask about whether early English printers might have cast their own type (e.g. thorn blocks).

Is such a question appropriate here? If not, what's your best guess for whether it's better for ELU, or somewhere else?

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This looks like it touches on cultural and miscellaneous historical issues in addition to the purely linguistic ones - and thus seems like a good fit for this site.

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