Is it possible to create control sequences in plain Tex to produce the (phonetic) symbols for eth and thorn, e.g., as used in the compacted spin-coefficient formalism?

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    Jun 30, 2019 at 1:27
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    Do you want them upright or italic? Are they to be used in math mode?
    – egreg
    Jun 30, 2019 at 10:18

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You can use the wasysym fonts.

\font\wasy=wasy10 at 10pt



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If you use the standard Computer Modern fonts, you can take the symbols from the companion EC fonts.



  % use the following two lines for Knuth TeX
%  \count255=\tOne \multiply\count255 by 256 \advance\count255 by #2
%  \mathchardef#1=\count255
  % it's simpler with e-TeX enabled, which is the case for pdftex

$\meth f+\mthorn f$


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