My wife bought me Bill Bryson's Made in America for Christmas. I'm a hopeless reader. I read about six pages and then fall asleep, which is a shame because its a really interesting book, all about words and Americanisms and debunking myths and things. Either I have ADD or I work really hard during the day. Or a combination of both.
One little nugget that I never knew was the old English 'Ye' meaning 'The' was not pronounced Ye. It was always pronounced The. Ye was just a stylistic printer's thanggg.
Not to be confused with Ye, meaning You, and pronounced Ye. Of course.