The pronunciation of TH as D


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We bought a 1991 Holden model Apollo (a rebadged Toyota Camry model Spirit) in the state of New South Wales, Australia.  When we moved to the state of Queensland in 2002 , we brought the car with us.  Since we would live permanently in Queensland, it had to be registered there.  The registration plate number I got was 240 ICD. 

I have posted on the Internet the story of ICD.  ICD means “I see Thee” like in text messaging.  D is pronounced as Thee meaning God.  ICD therefore means “I see God”.

Fr. Ben Macajes, a Roman Catholic priest, said ICD stands for the Latin words “Iesus Christus Dominus” or “Jesus Christ Lord”.  A day or two later, I found out from the dictionary that D stands for the Latin word Deus.  Thus, ICD stands for “Iesus Christus Deus” or “Jesus Christ God”.  And that is what Jesus Christ is – God.

Thee is an archaic pronoun of second person “used especially in biblical, ecclesiastical, solemn, or poetical language” (Webster’s Third New International Dictionary).  It means “you”.  When capitalized, it addresses to God.  It is the objective case of “thou”.

There are other English words that start in TH which are pronounced as “D”, such as the following which I got from The World Book Dictionary:

than, that, thataway, that’ll, that’s, the (pronounced dhe, unstressed before a consonant; pronounced dhĭ, unstressed before a vowel; pronounced dhē, when emphasized in speech or by italics), their, theirs, them, themselves, then, thence, thenceforth, thenceforward, thenceforwards, there, thereabout, thereabouts, thereafter, thereagainst, thereamong, thereat, thereaway, thereby, there’d, therefor, therefore, therefrom, therein, thereinafter, thereinbefore, thereinto, there’ll, thereof, thereon, thereout, thereover, there’s, therethrough, thereto, theretofore, thereunder, thereunto, thereupon, therewith, therewithal, these, they, they’d, they’ll, they’re, they’ve, thine, this, thisaway, thisness, thisworldliness, thisworldly, those, thou, though, thus, thus-and-so, thusly, thusness, thuswise, thy, thyself         

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