This is a strange blunder. A napperon , converted into
An apperon. “Napperon” is French for a napkin, from nappe
(cloth in general). Halliwell, in his Archaic Dictionary, p.
571, gives Nappern (an apron) North.
Other examples of n attached to the following noun, or
detached from it, are an adder for a nadder (Old English,
noeddre); a newt for an ewt; a nag (Danish, ög
); nuncle (Shakespeare), mine uncle; For the nonce (this
once), where n is transferred from the preceding pronoun
tha-n or the-n, i.e. this-n (accusative case after
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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