Here are some examples of citations in the OED of Old English where they use a standalone crossed thorn, Ꝥ:
- Þu aclænsast Ꝥ weofod and ʒehalʒast.
- Þær after com swulke mon-qualm Ꝥ lute hær cwike læfden.
- Heo unwreih þene put Ꝥ hit adronc inne.
- Đer··Ꝥ fyr ne bið ʒidrysnad.
- Þa sæde he [Epicurus] Ꝥ se lust wære Ꝥ hehste good.
- Þu steorest te sea stream Ꝥ hit fleden ne mot fir þan þu markedest.
- Eft is heofena rice ʒelic þam mangere þe sohte Ꝥ gode mere-grot.
- Al swa þat wilde swin Ꝥ wroteð ȝeond þan grouen.
- Swa hwa swa wille sawan westmabære land, atio ærest of ða þornas & þa fyrsas & Ꝥ fearn & ealle þa weod.
That’s the Unicode glyph of a thorn with a stroke:
Þ 00DE LATIN CAPITAL LETTER THORN þ 00FE LATIN SMALL LETTER THORN * Icelandic, Old English, phonetics * Runic letter borrowed into Latin script x (runic letter thurisaz thurs thorn - 16A6) ᚦ 16A6 RUNIC LETTER THURISAZ THURS THORN x (latin small letter thorn - 00FE) Ꝥ A764 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER THORN WITH STROKE ꝥ A765 LATIN SMALL LETTER THORN WITH STROKE Ꝧ A766 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER THORN WITH STROKE THROUGH DESCENDER ꝧ A767 LATIN SMALL LETTER THORN WITH STROKE THROUGH DESCENDER
It may be that it is supposed to be a small thorn with stroke not a capital one. I need a better magnifying glass. :)
If you can't see it in your browser, it looks like this:
But my question is: what does it mean?
What does that mean? Is it a scribal abbreviation for the or that, or both or neither?