Synonyms for n

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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR N

Now, I want you should listen 'cause I'm going to tell you jes' how it is n' then you'll understand.

D--n the rogues; I thought at one time they had me in a category!

If it had n' been for me, she would n' have had any sohn 't all.

They were having har' times to get on, an' Arlt here could n' begin to carry the load.

"D——n you," croaked McGuire feebly, falling back in his chair.

I hope he did n't say 'D—n the Baggs;' but I almost fear he did.

From 80 to 99 the t of vingt is everywhere mute, and the n is sounded nasal.

He seemed to have been trying to carve his name; for a large E and half of an N were there.

The north (N) and the south (S) poles are indicated in the diagram.

Or the N sign is positive and the S sign negative electricity.

WORD ORIGIN

in nickname, newt, and British dialectal naunt, the -n- belongs to a preceding indefinite article an or possessive pronoun mine.

Other examples of this from Middle English manuscripts include a neilond ("an island," early 13c.), a narawe ("an arrow," c.1400), a nox ("an ox," c.1400), a noke ("an oak," early 15c.), a nappyle ("an apple," early 15c.), a negge ("an egg," 15c.). In 16c., an idiot sometimes became a nidiot, which, with still-common casual pronunciation, became nidget, which, alas, has not survived.

The process also worked in surnames, from oblique cases of Old English at "by, near," e.g. Nock/Nokes/Noaks from atten Oke "by the oak;" Nye from atten ye "near the lowland;" and cf. Nashville.

But it is more common for an English word to lose an -n- to a preceding a: apron, auger, adder, umpire, humble pie, etc. The mathematical use of n for "an indefinite number" is first recorded 1852, in to the nth power.

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