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I'm wondering about the orthography of the old english edh ð. It is always drawn (lowercase) as a curved d with the line through it. But I'm wondering if it would be acceptable to just have it be a regular d with a line through it as in đ, or otherwise what other forms it could take (other than the uppercase Ð).

  • I am hesitant to post a real answer to this Q, as it already has 1 vote to close (lack of research, although I do not know how the average person would know how to do that in this case). Back in the day of typewriters (typewriter...what's that?) it was acceptable to substitute đ for the Eth, as it could be written by typing a d and then over-strike with a dash. Nowadays, the đ is used more commonly in IPA or for languages like Vietnamese (not to mention it is their currency sign) . – Cascabel Jan 14 at 19:49
  • ...[cont.] ... Personally, I would avoid that usage as it might lead to confusion. The ð is immediately recognized as a voiced dental fricative by linguists, and the use in old texts is so rampant that any substitution might be viewed with suspicion. – Cascabel Jan 14 at 19:50
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Yes according to Random House Unabridged Dictionary,

Eth:

a letter in the form of a crossed d, written đ or ð, used in Old English writing to represent both voiced and unvoiced th and in modern Icelandic and in phonetic alphabets to represent voiced th.

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