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?


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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