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zero; to spill; small
Kanji 1922

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Synopsis

Knowing 零 gives you access to terms for subzero temperatures and 12:00. But far beyond that, truly grasping 零 enables you to say all of the following: “There is no chance of rain this weekend,” “They were shut out two games in a row,” “The sun peeked through,” “The milk boiled over,” “Hungry dogs were hoping for scraps,” and “I beg you to overlook my offense.” What a range!

Revision History:

Oct. 2, 2017: p. 2, Ety. Box: I had mentioned Henshall's comment that 零 means "zero" in Japanese but not in Chinese. A sharp-eyed reader sent visual proof (a picture of a Chinese Coke Zero can!) that this character can indeed mean "zero" in Chinese! I therefore deleted that bit from Henshall.

Sept. 29, 2017: Originally published

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Cover of essay 1922 on 零, titled "Big Fat Zero"
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