One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
More fully "Nain rug". A decorative carpet or rug of a kind made in the Iranian town of Nain, typically of very finely woven wool with softly coloured, often floral, motifs.
1950s. From Nain, the name of a small town in central Iran (Persian Nā'īn) where this style of carpet is made.
nounWelsh English, Northern
adjectiveIrish English, Scottish, Northern
1950s; earliest use found in Gwyn Jones (1907–1999), writer and viking scholar. From Welsh nain grandmother (further etymology uncertain)<br>late 15th century. From ain, variant of own, with metanalysis. Compare earlier nown.
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.