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 N.N added to Greek words ending in a short vowel to lengthen it “by position,” and “l” added to French words beginning with a vowel, 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
N,
 
a numeral. Greek nu = 50, but nu = 50,000. N (Rom.) = 900, but &Nmacr; = 900,000.   1
 


 N.N added to Greek words ending in a short vowel to lengthen it “by position,” and “l” added to French words beginning with a vowel, 

 
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