A runic letter, used in Old and Middle English, later replaced by w.
- ‘The modern English wine comes from Old English wn, pronounced like modern ‘wean’: that indeed was how Chaucer pronounced his wyn, but Shakespeare's pronunciation was closer to our own.’
Old English, literally ‘joy’; so named because it is the first letter of this word. Compare with thorn (sense 3) and ash (sense 2).
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.