24-N by R o g e r

Last Thursday, I wrote on Facebook: “You know when you feel so crummy that it takes you two hours to get enough energy to go to the drug store to get medicine so you can feel better? I do.”

It was NICE to stay in bed, all NESTLED in my covers. But I NEEDED something to make me feel NOT so bad. It is a NASTY ailment.

Then last Friday, my NICE wife took me to the urgent care place. And do you know what the diagnosis was? NOTHING!

OK, technically NOT true. I have “flu-like” symptoms. But NO flu, NO pneumonia. Well, NOT yet. A more specific appraisal may provide more NEWS.

I’m hoping y’all are feeling more NORMAL than I, well enough to go from NATION to NATION and visit your ABC Wednesday NEIGHBORS.

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23-N by Beverly

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Welcome once again to ABC Wednesday, where each week we focus on a new letter and share our choices for that letter.

This week N is the star.   My choice – N is for Nail.

Nails can be several things:

Nouns:

Finger- and toenails. They can be shaped, coloured and cut. They can also reveal signs of illness.

After having my nails shellacked for my daughter’s wedding, I had the shellack removed – which left my lovely nails brittle and easily broken. Now I am trying to grow them back again.  (It was most definitely worth it tho, as it was a wonderful day, a wonderful wedding)

 

Nails can also be what builders use to build and create with.

My son just finished rebuilding our back porch, including the stairs and without nails it would have been a most challenging task.

 

Verbs:

To nail someone means to catch them in the act of usually doing something wrong.

To nail it means to get something right.

 

There are many notable “nail“idioms we use:

hard as nails

nail-biter

hit the nail on the head

fight tooth and nail

final nail in the coffin

a bed of nails

spit nails

 

Here’s my art tag with the stamp I carved for nail:

 

 

22-N by Roger

John, Michelle, Cass, Denny

N is for NAMECHECK

noun
1. a public mention or listing of the name of a person or thing such as a product, especially in acknowledgment or for publicity purposes.

verb
1. publicly mention or list the name of.
“He NAMECHECKS a legion of producers and DJs”

There are a LOT of songs out there, as noted here, that NAMECHECK other artists, or themselves.

The Beatles’ Glass Onion, from the white album, is quite self-referential in its NAMECHECKS. It mentions song titles by the group such as Strawberry Fields Forever (“You know the place where nothing is real”), I Am the Walrus (“I told you about the walrus and me… The walrus was Paul”), Lady Madonna (“… trying to make ends meet, yeah”), Fool on the Hill (“I told you about the…”) and Fixing a Hole (“…in the ocean”)

But no one did it more thoroughly than the Mamas and the Papas in Creeque Alley.

John and Mitchie were gettin’ kind of itchy
Just to leave the folk music behind
[Papa John Phillips, Mama Michelle Gilliam Phillips]

Zal and Denny workin’ for a penny
Tryin’ to get a fish on the line
[Zal Yanovsky of the Lovin’ Spoonful, Papa Denny Doherty]

In a coffee house, Sebastian sat
And after every number, they’d pass the hat
[John Sebastian of the Lovin’ Spoonful]

McGuinn and McGuire just a-gettin’ higher in L.A
You know where that’s at…
[Roger McGuinn of the Byrds, Barry McGuire of The New Christy Minstrels]

When Cass was a sophomore, planned to go to Swarthmore
But she changed her mind one day
[Mama Cass Elliot]

and at the end

And California dreamin’ is becomin’ a reality [California Dreamin’, their first big hit]

Listen to Creeque Alley, which went to #5 on the US Billboard charts in 1967.

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Oh, yeah, how could I forget Melody Music? You could even visit Ramblin’ with Roger, if you had a mind to. (And if that isn’t a gnarly NAMECHECK, I don’t know what is…)

 

 

N is for NO

It occurred to me that, in many languages, especialy the Indo-European ones, the word for NO starts with the letter N. From here:

BENGALI, KURDISH, PERSIAN (FARSI), ROMANI, SINDHI – na
SINHALESE – nae
WELSH – nage
URDU – nahin
GUARANI – nahániri
HINDI – nahin
BRETON – nann
GALLO – nanni
PORTUGUESE – não
BOSNIAN, CROATIAN, CZECH, ESPERANTO, LITHUANIAN, MACEDONIAN, SERBIAN, SLOVENE, SOBOTA – ne
BULGARIAN –
LATVIAN –
AFRIKAANS, DUTCH, FRISIAN, LOW SAXON – nee
LUXEMBOURGISH – neen
FAROESE, ICELANDIC, NORWEGIAN, OLD NORSE – nei
GERMAN, YIDDISH – nein
DANISH, SWEDISH – nej
HUNGARIAN – nem
WALLOON – neni
NORMANnennin / nenn
UKRAINIAN – ni
BELARUSSIAN, POLISH, SLOVAK – nie
RUSSIAN – niet
CATALAN, ENGLISH, FRIULAN, ITALIAN, KURDISH, LIGURIAN, PAPIAMENTO, SARDINIAN, SPANISH – no
CORSICAN –
FRENCH, GALICIAN, HAITIAN CREOLE, OCCITAN –non
ROMANIAN – nu

Y’know, it’s not always bad saying NO. Often the question you are asked is, “Can you do X?” And you think, “Yes, I CAN do X. But OUGHT I to do X?”

So the REAL question should be, “WILL you do X?” And, for reasons of sanity, sometimes the answer should be a resounding NO.

Incidentally, there appears to be some disagreement over what function NO performs in the following sentence: “No, you are mistaken.”

Some sources claim it is an interjection, while others suggest it is an adverb. A Wikipedia article seemingly disagrees with both options.