Date: Sun, 26 Oct 1997 22:02:48 -0500 From: Gregory {Greg} Downing Subject: Re: "Nary?" At 09:39 PM 10/26/97 -0500, you wrote: >I was just curious as to whether or not someone could tell me where the >word 'nary' comes from. I heard it this weekend. I asked a friend a >question and they told me that they ,'didn't care nary bit'. Is this >common? I've never heard anything like it. It sounds like something >that Foxworthy guy would joke about. > >Melissa S. Smith >mssmit01[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] > >From OED2 "nary a.": "[var. of ne'er a. The form is typically U.S., but app. occurs in some Eng. dialects, and is now used more widely outside the U.S.] Neither; no; not a; now almost always followed by the indef. article. Also (U.S.)" Usage citations run from 1746 to 1974.... Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]