Date: Wed, 28 Jan 1998 13:14:58 +0700
From: Scott Paauw spaauw[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RAD.NET.ID
Subject: Re: "zephyr" (= nothing)
Gerald Cohen wrote:
I've come across "zephyr" with the meanng "nothing":
_ St. Louis Post-Dispatch_, May l7, l997, p.34/1-3; title: "The Sky
Is Not Falling":
"A 150-pound hunk of aluminum...comes hurtling out of space and
crashes on downtown's major
artery. And what happens?
Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zephyr. No human pancakes. No busted
I have no idea how the semantic development "zephyr" to "nothing"
occurred. Can anyone help?
This is just a guess, but it may be confusion with "cipher" (Brit.
spelling cypher), which of course means zero.