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Re: Word Changes

From:FFlores <fflores@...>
Date:Friday, August 13, 1999, 1:53
Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...> wrote:
> On Thu, 12 Aug 1999 19:20:57 +0100 R G Roberts <rgroberts@...> > writes: > >In English initial "n" followed by "o" has been assimilated into the > >precedinmg article e.g. orange orig. norange onion orig. nonion
'Nonion' I don't know about. 'Norange' is from Arabic 'naranj' (more or less), whence Spanish 'naranja'.
> It also goes the other way.... "an ick name" >> "a nick name". >
It was 'eke name'. You also have 'an umpire' from French _non-per_ (or something of the sort, meaning 'non-peer'). And 'a newt' from 'an ewt'. --Pablo Flores