Date: Wed, 28 Jan 1998 08:38:13 -0500 From: Orin Hargraves Subject: Re: "zephyr" (= nothing) >>This is just a guess, but it may be confusion with "cipher" (Brit. >>spelling cypher), which of course means zero. *Zephyr* also sounds like the Arabic word for zero, *sifr*, which is used= , at least in N African dialects, in all the ways we use *zero*. It is also= the ancestor of cipher. But how it crept into contemporary English, I don= 't know. Orin Hargraves