N (named en "N" Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition (1989); Merriam-Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (1993); "en," op. cit.) is the 14th letter in the English alphabet and the ISO basic Latin alphabet.
One of the most common hieroglyphs, snake, was used in Egyptian writing to stand for a sound like the English , because the Egyptian word for "snake" was djet. It is speculated by many that Semitic people working in Egypt adapted hieroglyphics to create the first alphabet, and that they used the same snake symbol to represent N, because their word for "snake" may have begun with that sound. However, the name for the letter in the Phoenician, Hebrew, Aramaic and Arabic alphabet alphabets is nun, which means "fish" in some of these languages. The sound value of the letter was —as in Greek language, Etruscan, Latin and modern languages.
represents a [[dental|dental nasal]] or [[alveolar nasal]] in virtually all languages that use the Latin alphabet, and in the International Phonetic Alphabet. A common digraph with is , which represents a [[velar nasal]] in a variety of languages, usually positioned word-finally in [[English|English language]]. Often, before a [[velar plosive|velar stop]] (as in ''ink'' or ''jungle''), alone represents a [[velar nasal]]. In Italian and French, represents a [[palatal nasal]] . The Portuguese and Vietnamese spelling for this sound is , while [[Spanish|Spanish language]], [[Breton|Breton language]], and a few other languages use the letter . In English, is generally silent when it is preceded by an at the end of words, as in ''hymn''; however, it is pronounced in this combination when occurring word medially, as in ''hymnal''.
is the sixth most [[common letter|Letter frequency]] and the second-most commonly used [[consonant]] in the [[English language]] (after ).[http://www.math.cornell.edu/~mec/2003-2004/cryptography/subs/frequencies.html English Letter Frequency]