Open in the curiosity app
Language

You're Probably Saying "Ye Olde" Wrong

If you've ever been to a Renaissance Faire, you've seen it everywhere: "Ye Olde Shoppe" or "Ye Olde Tavern," used to give a feeling that you're in a village from centuries past. Today, we might refer to "the old shop." How on earth did we get "the" from "ye"? Here's how: they were always pronounced identically. People originally pronounced the "y" in "ye" as a "th," and nobody ever pronounced it like "yee" back in those days. (Don't get us started on the anachronistic spelling of "olde.") Find out how a "th" sound morphed into a "y" in the video below.

Is there something you're curious about? Send us a note or email us at editors (at) curiosity.com. And follow Curiosity on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

You're Probably Saying the "Ye" as in "Ye Olde Coffee Shoppe" Wrong

6 Common Sayings You're (Probably) Saying Wrong

Advertisement
Advertisement
Explore Related Subjects
Language
Atmosphere
Bears
Meat