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While doing a crossword today, I came across the clue "Thou". The correct answer ended up being "oneg". I can't make heads or tails of this, no matter how I parse it. How does "thou" relate to "oneg"?

Things I considered/tried:

  • oneg - whole word. Googled this and only came up with a Jewish word meaning "delight"
  • o-neg - blood type. Don't see any connection to "thou"
  • on eg - I got nothing for this
  • one g - one gram, one god, one G (as in G-force)
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You were on the right track:

A "thou" is slang for "thousand" (see M-W, as a noun), often in the sense of dollars. Similarly, "G" is slang for $1000 (see again M-W, noun sense 6). Therefore, a thou would be equivalent to one G.

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    $\begingroup$ Damn. If they had said "a thou", I'd have gotten it. Upvoted and will accept if no one posts anything better today $\endgroup$
    – Kevin
    Jun 22, 2023 at 14:19
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    $\begingroup$ This clue brought to you by the demise of Þ and Ð from the English alphabet :) $\endgroup$
    – chepner
    Jun 23, 2023 at 13:56
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    $\begingroup$ @chepner Not familiar with those, but I'm guessing they represent the slightly different "th" sounds I spent about a minute and a half making after I read this answer $\endgroup$
    – Kevin
    Jun 23, 2023 at 14:39
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    $\begingroup$ They were present in Old English, prior to the Norman invasion. (I think they were both used interchangeably for either sound, though.) Modern Icelandic uses Þ for the unvoiced version, though Ð be either voiced or unvoiced depending on context. A less drastic reform proposal I like is to use "th" for the unvoiced sound, "dh" for the voiced sound (just as "t" is unvoiced and "d" is unvoiced). $\endgroup$
    – chepner
    Jun 23, 2023 at 15:13
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    $\begingroup$ @chepner Þ can also be voiced depending on context (e.g., er það..? ‘is it..?' is generally [εɾða] in regular speech). Unlike in English, the two sounds are allophones of the same phoneme /θ/ in Icelandic, written þ word-initially and ð elsewhere (except in a few Greek loanwords where [θ] appears internally, like Aþena ‘Athena’). But iconically þ does represent the unvoiced version and ð the voiced one. $\endgroup$ Jun 24, 2023 at 2:12

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