THE versus YE as articles: historical data from English spelling 1450-1734

Vivian Cook   Olde Tyme Spelling

1450

ye for article the 1450: ye goodis of robert

 

1474

ye for the 1574: ye roote

 

1503

ye for the 1503: place ye men call

 

1508

ye for the 1508: ye thyrde chapiter

 

1515

ye for article the 1515: in ye erth

 

1523

ye for article the 1523: ye warres

 

1532

ye for article the 1532: ye deth

 

1545

ye for article the 1545: for ye bodie

 

1554

ye for the 1554: at ye request

 

1585

1585 ye for the: ye authors

 

1611

ye article 1611

 

1716

ye for the 1716: ye body


1734

ye for the 1734: ye body

These are then the historical source of the modern versions, seen in Olde Tyme Spelling

Ye Olde Marquis archaic ye for the
Colchester pub, modern usage as archaism, 2016

Mulcaster 1582
'W. and y, in their consonantish natur lead the most of our abbreuiations, wt, we, yt, yu, ye, besides these and their fellowes the residew be but verie few'

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