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I wonder if there are other cases where and is abbreviated in writing as in rock 'n' roll.

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    How about "Fish 'n' chips"
    – Urbycoz
    May 24, 2011 at 10:31
  • Brand names use it. I've seen Cash'n'Carry, Pak'n'Save [sic], but marketing people will do weird things to language, so these may not count.
    – teylyn
    May 24, 2011 at 10:48
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    "Guns N' Roses"
    – user362
    May 24, 2011 at 14:08
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    Smash 'n' grab and drum 'n' bass come to mind May 24, 2011 at 14:42
  • @Al, @Matt : thanks. I had such musical examples just in front on my nose and did not see them.
    – ogerard
    May 24, 2011 at 16:01

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The word "and" is frequently reduced to just 'n' in speech. For that reason, brand names, abbreviations, catchphrases, and other forms of informal, snappy language will often use the spelling 'n'. Examples that I've seen include:

  • rock 'n' roll
  • fish 'n' chips
  • pork 'n' beans
  • mac 'n' cheese
  • Park 'n' Ride
  • Cash 'n' Carry
  • mom 'n' pop

Of course, most of these also exist with the full word and written out. In principle, any reasonably common phrase could be spelled this way if you wanted to, though it would be improper to do so in formal writing unless you're reproducing a brand name.

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    Or the famous Victoria Wood "Dinnerladies" script explaining the difference between tuna 'n' sweetcorn and tuna and sweetcorn
    – mgb
    May 24, 2011 at 15:38
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    please add "Guns N' Roses"
    – pahnin
    Aug 18, 2012 at 20:24

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