Nothing.

I like a challenge, so after being challenged to write a blog about nothing, here I am! Now the obvious idea would be to leave a blank page and say taaa-daaaa, a blog containing nothing, all about nothing. However, I have decided to actually talk about nothing.

Nothing can mean different things to different people… The dictionary describes ‘nothing’ as (1. No thing; not anything; naught: to say nothing. 2. No part, share, or trace (usually followed by of ): The house showed nothing of its former magnificence. Or 3. Something that is nonexistent. ).

However, most of the time when asked what is wrong and a person replies ‘nothing’ there is actually something, in this instance, the word ‘nothing’ is used as a lie, a cover-up, like a false, teeth baring smile.

On other occasions nothing’s can mean something, a night spent talking to a loved one about anything and nothing can mean something, for example in the film ‘You’ve Got Mail’ In an email to Joe Fox, Kathleen Kelly says “The odd thing about this form of communication is that you’re more likely to talk about nothing than something. But I just want to say that all this nothing has meant more to me than so many somethings.” In this case, nothing’s really mean something.

So really, in so many cases, nothing isn’t actually nothing, nothing is actually something.