Is the 'n in Crisp 'n Dry vegetable oil a messed up contraction of "and" ?
Or is it supposed to indicate on or in or some such?
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Many words such as and or can have two sounds in English. They have a strong form when stressed or precede an ellipsis or a pause. For these two words these strong forms are /ænd/ and /kæn/respectively. However, these words are normally not stressed. When these words occur in their normal form they have a reduced form, called a weak form. For these two words these forms are /ən/ and /kn/. Notice that the word and doesn't have a strong A sound here. Also it has no /d/ either. This is the way that we actually pronounce this word in normal speech, it's just that we don't normally notice. The 'n' in Crisp 'n Dry is meant to be a snappy reproduction (I assume) of the way that we actually pronounce this word in real speech. There are many other examples. There are thousands of chip shops in the UK with Fish 'n Chips painted on their frontage.