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Naught (not “nought”)

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Naught is Ne (negative), aught (anything). Saxon náht, which is ne áht (not anything).

“A headless man had a letter [o] to write.

He who read it [naught] had lost his sight.

The dumb repeated it [naught] word for word.

And deaf was the man who listened and heard [naught].”


Dr Whewell.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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