I’ve always been interested in spoken languages, as a dabbler and non-specialist, since learning some Latin and French at high school and picking ups some basics of various European and Asian tongues while travelling around in my days at IBM.
Today, for no particular reason and while dabbling, I came across this Wikipedia article about the “thorn” letter which takes on the “th” sound in words such as “this” and “thing.”
I was struck by the following statement in the second paragraph:
However, in modern Icelandic it's pronounced as a
laminal voiceless alveolar non-sibilant fricative
So there! Perhaps something to mull over and help one to doze off after a hefty Christmas meal … or perhaps not.
Anyway, may I take the opportunity to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.