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Sweet Nothings

People acknowledge that a "sweet nothing" is a "nothing"; it has no content. So how can it be considered sweet?

Elliot Temple on September 19, 2008

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Same way a piece of candy with no nutritive value can be considered sweet, I suppose.

Not that this vindicates the 'sweet nothing' concept all that much.

Sonic Charmer

Anonymous at 4:45 PM on September 19, 2008 | #1527 | reply | quote

It'd be sweeter if instead of saying 'sweet nothings' they just said nothing.

Anonymous at 8:19 PM on September 19, 2008 | #1528 | reply | quote

Sweet nothings are not nothing. They are phatic utterances: vocalizations that have the purpose of binding people together socially or lovingly.


Anonymous at 5:27 AM on September 20, 2008 | #1529 | reply | quote

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