Word of the Day Archive
Thursday July 19, 2012
Not any; no; never a.
The loch, calm and clear, with nary a breeze to ripple its placid surface, was located within walking distance of Bracklenaer.
-- Rebecca Sinclair, Perfect Strangers
Fish for sale, fish for sale. Fresh, fresh, fresh, fresh. Pickerel and perch, pike and pout, bass and sunnies, but nary a trout.
-- Howard Frank Mosher, On Kingdom Mountain
Nary was common in English in the 1700s as an abbreviation of the phrase "ne'er a" meaning "never a."