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n'aan - Miracalous event that involves seeing a holy figure on a food product.

e.g., After the n'aan in which he saw St. Gertrude on a potato skin, Lloyd joined the monastery.

submitted by Judith A.

n'at - Contraction of "and that" which means "and the like" or "et cetera." In wide use in Western Pennsylvania, especially Pittsburgh.

e.g., He works at a store where they sell pants n'at. She's sitting at home watching TV n'at.

submitted by Pittsburgh Vince (Vince E.)

n'uch - Nno such.

e.g., There's n'uch things as dragons.

submitted by Tim Covington

n-word - Nigger.    The first example is from a comment to Rober Ebert's essay "Much ado about the N-thing." I'm not sure exactly what started the "controversy" he was involved in, but it apparently had something to do with Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn. Either as a result of the book's having been banned in schools because of its use of the n-word, or because a bowdlerized version had been been published with the n-word replaced by slave. (Should n-word be N-word? The Shadow may know, but I don't.) The second example comes from the essay itself.    I wasn't born in the mid-nineteenth century and I wasn't illiterate, not once I started first grade, but we still used the word nigger regularly when I grew up. We didn't (necessarily) use it as an insult -- we never directed it at each other or at any person in particular. We used it to refer to people who belonged to a different . . . tribe than we did, a kind of people we almost never saw, because none of them lived within 30 miles or so of my hometown. What we knew of the other tribe came mostly from Hollywood, not from books.

e.g., "rushmc | January 7, 2011 6:23 PM    "Anyone who says 'N-word' simply cannot be taken seriously as a mature adult, any more than one who says 'tinkle' or 'wee wee.' Euphemisms are not only as offensive as the words they try to cover up (how could they not be? they mean exactly the same thing!), they are insulting to the intelligence as well. Mealy-mouthed Bowdlerizers.    "And, of course slavery was not invented in or by colonial America.    "Save us from the small-minded who believe that putting fetters on language will positively impact real world issues and problems! Frank and open discussion actually might." |    "The word is spoken by an illiterate 11-year-old runaway on the Mississippi River of the mid-19th Century. He has been schooled by his society to regard the runaway slave Jim as a Nigger and a thief. Jim's crime: Stealing himself from his owner. Huck reasons his way out of ignorant racism and into enlightenment and grace. He makes that journey far in advance of many of his 'educated' contemporaries. Part of reading the novel is learning to be alert about how the N-Word is used in that process." |    Use the n-word at your peril.   

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

n-worm - "N" is for "night": the nightcrawler or earthworm, dew worm, a popular worm for fishing.

e.g., You can sometimes find n-worms in the dewy night grass.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

naaman - (NA-man; prop. n.) 1. A person who refuses to undertake a relatively simple or easy task precisely because it is simple or easy, preferring, instead, something more complicated or more difficult; 2. A person who refuses to purchase something at a low cost because they believe that a higher cost bespeaks a better product. [From the name of the leprous Syrian general of the Bible's 2 Kings 5:1-19, who at first refused the healing offered by the Israelite prophet Elisha, who had directed him to wash himself in the Jordan River seven times. Naaman declares that Syria's rivers are better than Israel's Jordan, and wrathfully declares Elisha's plebeian remedy an insult. His servants point out that, had Elisha told Naaman to do some great thing to be healed, he would certainly have done so; shouldn't he be willing to carry out a simple רחץ וטהר "wash and be healed"? So he washed, was healed, was no doubt astonished at the salutary effect (and the stubborn stupidity with which he had almost deprived himself of the miracle) and went off rejoicing.]

e.g., The most absurd example of a Naaman in my experience occurred about ten years ago when my firm offered to do some rather complex legal work for a local municipality for a reduced rate of about $150 an hour (which was remarkably inexpensive for the task). They opted to go with a different firm for $400 an hour. They intimated that they had turned us down because they felt that the $400-per-hour charge seemed to them more "professional." I have often wondered what that city's taxpayers would have thought about paying $250 an hour more out of a nebulous sense of "professionalism." I wonder, given two hair stylists, one who charges $60 and one who charges only $15, why do we presume that the $15 stylist must not be very good? Very Naaman.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

nacentric - The tendency of North Americans to believe their view represents all the world.

e.g., It was a bit nacentric to call it a global phenomenon when the market research was done only in California.

submitted by will

nachtwesay - (V) To erase a thought from memory. Used by itself, with a waving hand motion over the eyes.

e.g., Ahhh, nachtwesay!

submitted by Andrew

nack - Beaten horribly.

e.g., I really nacked you that time.

submitted by bill goat

nackle - Salt as found in its natural state, often in large deposits in the earth, or dissolved in considerable quantity in the waters of the oceans. Nackle ~ NaCl, sodium chloride.

e.g., There is an abundance of nackle in the world, little chance of its drying up or disappearing any time soon

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

naclitis - (nac-ul-i-tis, n.) 1. The irrational belief that one can have whatever one wants, and that immediately. 2. The uncontrolled use of credit cards. (From the chemical symbol for salt, "NaCl," referring to Verucca Salt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, q.v.). See also "Draconosis."

e.g., "Wow, did you hear that kid screaming that he wanted ice cream NOW?" "Yeah, poor tyke's got naclitis pretty bad."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

nada lotta - A whole lot of nothing.

e.g., What did you think of your blinda date? Nada lotta.

submitted by nitag - (www)

nade - Hand grenade.

e.g., You wanna chew on some nades?

submitted by Nick B

nader - A dangerously designed car or thing.

e.g., A: Do you remember the Suzuki Samurai's that would flip over all the time? I used to see those Naders with the bumper stickers upside down... so you could read them when they flipped over. B: We redesigned the C5 Corvette extensively. We didn't want to make it a Nader.

submitted by Carlos Coutinho

nader - a fat turkey or farm animal looking person.

e.g., AHHHHHH! THERE IS A BLONDE NADER HEADED MY WAY!

submitted by Jessie

nadged - Bothered. Only means "bothered" when used in the form "I can't be nadged." You can also use the variant "I cannae be nadged" if you want to add some Scottish street cred. Nadge factor: The degree to which one could be bothered doing something.

e.g., What's your nadge factor on walking down the street and picking up a newspaper for me?

submitted by Richard Foxworthy - (www)

nadgered - To be tired, knackered. (Especially used in rural parts of southern England.)

e.g., I've had a hard day at work and I'm nadgered.

submitted by Bob Banister

nadmit - No admittance.

e.g., I'd go to the movie, but it's nadmit for people under 18.

submitted by FPM2K - (www)

nads - The catfish-like whiskers that appear on a woman's chin once she's past age 60.

e.g., Did you see the nads on old Mrs Swann?

submitted by caleb swann

nads - Courage, manhood. From gonads, balls.

e.g., He doesn't have the nads to carry out his threat.

submitted by John Taylor - (www)

nadsat - 1. From _A Clockwork Orange_, meaning teenage. 2. Of or pertaining to teenagers.

e.g., These pants are at the heighth of nadsat fashion.

submitted by Nik

naff - Lame, stupid, dumb, idiotic.

e.g., What was Chris thinking? That was a naff thing to do.

submitted by rupewrecht - (www)

naff chic - Things that have risen above being uncool to being metacool because they're so naff and funny in a post-post-modern kinda way: Flares from the '70s or TV shows like Pop Idol or American Idol or I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! (UK show where Z-list celebs looking to raise their profile are stranded in the Australian jungle together for two weeks and have to do tasks before being voted out by viewers. It was a huge hit in the UK in 2002.)

e.g., Did you see her hippie look the other day? It's so naff chic.

submitted by Alan Morrison

naga sake' - Very high proof sake' which will blow you away.

e.g., Ordinary sake' very good, Naga Sake' has more of a punch

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

nagable - Of anything a woman could or would nag a family member about.

e.g., The common assigned tasks, "Pick up your room" and "Mow the lawn today" are both nagables.

submitted by Harry Viens - (www)

nagagator - The overly helpful and assertive passenger who wants to tell you how and where to drive.

e.g., A skilled nagagator puts a mere backseat driver to shame--and you're still lost.

submitted by Louis Nettles

nagagator - Generally your wife, whom you have placed in charge of the daily itinerary: the scheduling of the marina and fuel stops, destinations, mileage goals, and the timing of the anchorages when cruising on a boat or yacht. However, the nagagator could realistically be almost anyone who has superseded the similar post normally known as the "navigator."

e.g., Thank the Lord for my nagagator.

submitted by george l. kelly - (www)

nagasaki psyche sake - A drinking session where a previously unspoken and deeply personal feeling is revealed, "nuking flat" one party's basic understanding of the other.

e.g., So we're just sitting there, kind of wasted. I'm trying to think of how to get Suzy to take her clothes off, but then she tells me that she's bi-curious … and wants to know if I could hook her up with my sister. One helluva Nagasaki psyche sake moment, I tell ya.

submitted by antwon - (www)

nagative - Of the negative attitude or things said by a nag.

e.g., Cripes, Lucille. Can your nagative attitude for a few days. I'm too tired to go out. We'll go out next weekend. I promise. . . . Oh. No sex until we go out? OK, give me a few minutes to shower and shave.

submitted by Miss Speller - (www)

nagazine - A magazine about horses, written by one's mother-in-law. It not only informs about horses, but tells you the same thing, over and over again.

e.g., This nagazine has an article about how nice Mr. Ed was, and why we should be more like him, and why couldn't we find a nice boy like that . . .?

submitted by jacq


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