Date: Wed, 22 Oct 1997 13:42:37 -0600 From: charles fritz juengling Subject: Re: whole nuther ballgame >Re > . This kind of reanalysis is legion, >both in this direction (an ewt --> a newt) and especially in the opposite (an >orange, an umpire, an apron: all from stems with historical initial n-). add 'nickname' from 'an ekename' to the list. The SED also turned up 'nants' for 'ants' and 'nangnail' for 'hangnail.' The progression must have been a hangnail> an angnail (with usual loss of [h]) > a nangnail. Fritz Juengling Fritz Juengling Foreign Languages and Literature Department St. Cloud State University St. cloud, Minnesota