Eth

9 04 2013

Eth is that funny “d-like” letter in Ísafjörður. However it is said much differently! In Icelandic, ð represents a voiced dental fricative like th in English “them”, but it never appears as the first letter of a word.

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The letter originated in Irish writing as a d with a cross-stroke added. Eth is a letter used in Old English, Icelandic, Faroese (in which it is called edd), and Elfdalian. It was also used in Scandinavia during the Middle Ages, but was subsequently replaced with dh and later d. Its use has survived in Iceland and the Faroe Islands. The capital eth resembles a D with a line through the vertical stroke. The lower case resembles an insular d with a line through the top. The lowercase version has retained the curved shape of a medieval scribe’s d, which d itself in general has not.

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