I know the use of the word ne
when referring to the maiden name of a married woman, as in Christina Hellner ne Valvo. But I didn't know the word can be used in any other way.
In the May 2005 issue of Real Simple
, page 76 in the article "Buy Now, Think Later":
And then there's that vacation cabin I went in on with friends, possibly the ne plus ultra of impulse buys.
Well, it turns out, ne
isn't used in other ways (though it is spelled in other ways: nee
), when used by itself. ne plus ultra
has a definition from the Merriam Webster online dictionary
the highest point capable of being attained