MooT Question Icon
The Arabs called this number sifr; what did the Europeans call it?




Etymology, Etymology, and more Etymology
as well as grammar, usage, euphemism, slang, jargon, semantics, linguistics, neologism, idiom, cant, and argot.


A picture of a moot game

The critically-acclaimed board game MooT
consists of tough questions about the nuances of the English language.
To join our mailing list and get
free brain-twisting MooT questions sent to you irregularly,
enter your email address and then press submit.

E-Mail address:




Back to home page



Answer: zero

The word zero entered English via French and Old Spanish; it originally derived from the Arabic sifr, zero - the word cipher, place holder, also derives from sifr.

Copyright 1998-2009 Blair Arts Ltd. All rights reserved.