>Actually, "th" against "d" is not always a good feature to date a
>text, because some scribes seem to have been aware of it as a sign
>of archaism and freely used it as such to give their text a slightly
A timely warning! On the other hand, of course, scribes who attempted to
impose an ancient patina on their texts usually gave themselves away by
restoring '-th' to words where it had no etymological justification (a
form of 'hypercorrection'). Where the final -th was original, we are
justified in keeping open the option that it is a genuine archaism,
especially if there are other indications that a text is old.
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