Rantings of a sub-editor

April 20, 2010

Nought or naught?

Filed under: naught/nought,spelling — substuff @ 10:46 am
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Vince touched my dictionary – yes, he did. Snuck over like a ninja and pounced upon it. And what was he up to? He was investigating whether the phrase is “come to naught” or “come to nought”.

So here you go:

naught = nothing

nought = zero

So when plans are ruined or foiled, they come to naught. But the game is noughts and crosses.

Sorry, can’t stop – a story about Florette’s new salad packaging calls.



  1. Snuck over and pounced on your dictionary? How naughty.


    Comment by OneLastTry — April 20, 2010 @ 1:18 pm | Reply

  2. ‘Sneaked’, not ‘snuck’.

    Comment by Hilton — January 5, 2013 @ 4:55 pm | Reply

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