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You’re spelling your name for someone on the phone and you say “N as in Never”. What does as in mean here? Could you say “N as in fun”?

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It means: 'N' as it is used in 'Never'.

Whether you could use it as in your suggestion is arguable.

People expect you to be referring to the first letter in a word when you are specifying a single letter.

However, if you were specifying a word, or syllable, you could certainly say something like: "'key' as 'donkey'"

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