The Living Force
mkrnhr said:I wonder though if there would be a difference between saying "zero new year" and "new year zero"?
I think there is a big difference.
Association, when reading "0 new year", has been "no new year" or "none new year", like it was pointed that "0" could mean.
Khalsa said:Etymology of the word "Zero", from Wikipedia:
The word zero came via French zéro from Venetian zero, which (together with cypher) came via Italian zefiro from Arabic صفر, ṣafira = "it was empty", ṣifr = "zero", "nothing". The first known English use was in 1598.
In addition, "new year" was spelled without capital letters which could mean that it didn't refer to New Year as it is usually understood. "new year" could mean a start of just another round around the Sun (what basically a year is).
It could sound like total heresy, but could it mean that there would be no more Earth (or us on that Earth) circling around the Sun in a way we used to do it? Whatever that means...
Then there was also this part in "April Drop Dead" thread that got my attention.
[/quote]Muxel said:"drop dead date"
A provision in a contract or agreement that stipulates a finite deadline which, if not met, will automatically trigger adverse consequences. The drop dead date is the last possible date on which something must be completed. In most circumstances an extension is not possible.
Time-critical contracts usually contain a drop dead date. For example, a contract for construction of an industrial facility or infrastructure project will stipulate a definite date for the commissioning of the former and completion of the latter. If this deadline is not met, the project contractor may automatically be liable for such damages and penalties as are set out in the project contract.
Which, to me, sounded like the April is the "drop dead date" for the PTB to fulfill their part of the "contract". And April comes right after the spring equinox, which was usually, through history, referred to as the beginning of the new year.
All the above are just some thoughts of mine, so big FWIW. :)