Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Nothing, nada, niente, nichts

There are some words that can be so negative – the above would be one as it usually means that one didn’t receive something, that one lost out on an opportunity, that one has nothing to look forward to – or various other dark scenarios.

Webster’s (an ancient version as the copy that I have actually has my maiden name written on the fly) defines “nothing” as no thing, not anything; nought as in opposed to anything, something or someone of little value, lack of value etc.

However it can also very positive, especially when that lack of existence, nonexistence or nothingness means “no change from last year”! “Nothing new”, all is well.

For those of you who have never been diagnosed with a serious illness, never mind cancer it isn’t perhaps significant: to those of us who have confronted the beast and survived to tell the tale, “nothing” is one of the most wonderful words in the English language! Yesterday after the usual mammography, echography and doctor’s consultation hearing “nothing” was a bright spot in an otherwise gray (weather-wise) day!

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