arn substitute [phonetics unavailable]. See E'ER: E'ERA ONE. EDD ever a
one (esp s w cties), ADD ary one; SED sect. vii. 2.13. Any; any one; esp in
well-known local joke.
1925 Dial Notes v, 325 Ar'ntall. Any
one at all. 1955 ENGLISH 32 ~ any. P 274-65 Of course you already have that old
Newfoundland chestnut'Arn? Narn'? Two fishermen were out in their boats, one going
to and the other coming from the fishing grounds. As they passed by one said 'Arn?' and
the reply came 'Narn.' 1975 GUY 168 The shortest Newfoundland conversation is well known.
It occurred when one fisherman met another on the way back from the fishing grounds. The
first asked: 'Arn?' To which the other replied: 'Narn.' This translates as 'Ever the
one?' and 'Never the one (fish).'