Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998 20:58:51 -0500 From: Gerald Cohen Subject: "zephyr" (= nothing) 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 windshields. [etc.]...." I have no idea how the semantic development "zephyr" to "nothing" occurred. Can anyone help? --Gerald Cohen gcohen[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]