One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the past forty years have all been for nought’
nothing, nothing at all, naught
no point, no purpose, no effect, no end result
Northern English nowt
informal zilch, sweet Fanny Adams, sweet FA, not a dicky bird, nix
British informal damn all, not a sausage
North American informal zip, nada, a goose egg
British vulgar slang bugger all, fuck all, sod all
2‘Richard Scott went for nought, caught behind by Bishop’
nil, zero, 0
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