[A]n imminent Israeli attack can be predicted based on two diametrically opposed sets of facts.
The book, which reads like The Great Gatsby meets Boyz n the Hood, is the first in a planned trilogy for T.I.
“[n]o one has a stronger voice in this than the American Jewish community,” Kerry said.
He was not exactly a country singer, but not really in the rock ‘n’ roll camp either.
The n word is in a class by itself, at least in this country, and so that comparison is self-discrediting.
Among my notes, I find mention of a little house near this same village of n——e, which was reputed to be haunted.
"Our'n, in course," said Fortner, with nettled surprise at the question.
Cynthia gazed in amaze at the Bo's'n, as if he were speaking a new tongue.
As he had suspected, it was one of his own, bearing an "n" and his coat of arms.
I d'n' know 's I ever enjoyed rappin' no one over the knuckles more 'n I did him.
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.
indefinite article before words beginning with vowels, 12c., from Old English an (with a long vowel) "one; lone," also used as a prefix an- "single, lone;" see one for the divergence of that word from this. Also see a, of which this is the older, fuller form.
In other European languages, identity between indefinite article and the word for "one" remains explicit (e.g. French un, German ein, etc.) Old English got by without indefinite articles: He was a good man in Old English was he wæs god man. Circa 15c., a and an commonly were written as one word with the following noun, which contributed to the confusion over how such words as newt and umpire ought to be divided (see N).
In Shakespeare, etc., an sometimes is a contraction of as if (a usage first attested c.1300), especially before it.
The symbol for the element nitrogen.
A nonmetallic element that makes up about 78 percent of the atmosphere by volume, occurring as a colorless, odorless gas. It is a component of all proteins, making it essential for life, and it is also found in various minerals. Nitrogen is used to make ammonia, nitric acid, TNT, and fertilizers. Atomic number 7; atomic weight 14.0067; melting point -209.86°C; boiling point -195.8°C; valence 3, 5. See Periodic Table. See Note at oxygen.