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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.

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