Date: Wed, 28 Jan 1998 13:27:44 -0500 From: Larry Horn Subject: Re: "zephyr" (= nothing) At 9:08 AM -0500 1/28/98, Gregory {Greg} Downing wrote: >... >Maybe (cipher) + (the idea that some nothing-words begin with z [zero, zip, >the obscurely-derived but probably zero-related zilch]) + (zephyr's >connotations of lightness/nothingness) = zepyhr-as-zero???? > The second is the point I was going to make before Greg (not for the first time) beat me to the punch. I'm quite confident in speculating that the z-as-in-'zero' is at least part of the story, although the cypher subplot is interesting too. One of those antilogies we were throwing around a few years ago, since a cipher/cypher is originally (from the Arabic, and before that the Sanksrit) a zero (literally or figuratively) but then later any numeral figure, or any character, or code. Larry