“The practical implication of the letter is nil,” Rodriguez writes.
They may be nil, they may be enormous, or (more likely) they may fall somewhere in between.
USA had four points (three for a win over Ghana, one for the draw with Portugal, nil for Thursday's defeat).
They knew that as much as they tried to make up for it with brute force, their cultural power was nil.
The chances of even the most “conscious” rap creating a return to the Great Society were nil.
It will be noticed by the most careless reader that the evidence is nil.
At Dover the dock-people had generously charged me “nil” for dues.
nil desperandum is the watch-word which flashes down the ranks of our men, even in the tightest corners.
Also, I discovered that their morality, where business was concerned, was nil.
We sat down to breakfast together, although, as he could speak no English and I could speak no Dutch, the conversation was nil.
/nil/ 1. New Implementation of Lisp. A language intended to be the successor of MacLisp. A large Lisp, implemented mostly in VAX assembly language. A forerunner of Common LISP.
["NIL: A Perspective", Jon L. White, MACSYMA Users' Conf Proc, 1979].
2. Network Implementation Language. Strom & Yemini, TJWRC, IBM. Implementation of complex networking protocols in a modular fashion.
["NIL: An Integrated Language and System for Distributed Programming", R. Strom et al, SIGPLAN Notices 18(6):73-82 (June 1983)].
3. Empty list or False. In Lisp, the empty list (or "nil list") is used to represent the Boolean value False. This is possible because Lisp is not typed. True is represented by the special atom "t".
4. Spoken in reply to a question, particularly one asked using the "-P" convention it means "No". Most hackers assume this derives simply from LISP, but NIL meaning "no" was well-established among radio hams decades before LISP existed. The historical connection between early hackerdom and the ham radio world was strong enough that this may have been an influence.