The Red Queen shook her head. "You may call it 'nonsense' if you like," she said, "but I've heard nonsense, compared with which that would be as sensible as a dictionary!" -- From Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

This statement is itself nonsense, for if some statement is meaningless, then comparing it to other meaningless things does not somehow bring meaning to it. Nonsense is not a scale of values. It is a binary switch: either a given symbol has meaning and value or it does not.

Non"sense (?), n. [Pref. non- + sense: cf. F. nonsens.]

1.

That which is not sense, or has no sense; words, or language, which have no meaning, or which convey no intelligible ideas; absurdity.

2.

Trifles; things of no importance.

Nonsense verses, lines made by taking any words which occur, but especially certain words which it is desired to recollect, and arranging them without reference to anything but the measure, so that the rhythm of the lines may aid in recalling the remembrance of the words.

Syn. -- Folly; silliness; absurdity; trash; balderdash.

 

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