I often use this phrase.  In Appalachia, “nary a one” means none, not one, none at all.

This year, although the wild dogwood trees in the woods around us burst out in beautiful blooms, the three trees in our back garden had no blooms, nary a one.

One of our dogwood trees, full of leaves but nary a bloom.

Likewise, although I have enjoyed seeing the photos of irises so many bloggers have posted this year, nary a one of our iris plants has bloomed.

Do you say, “Nary a one,” or have you ever heard it used?

 

 

 

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