# A seven letter word - the meaning doesn't change if you remove letters

I am a seven letter word. If you remove one letter from me my meaning does not change. If you remove two letters from me my meaning still does not change, and if you remove three letters from me, my meaning still does not change.

Even if you remove all letters my meaning won't change. What word is this?

The answer is a postbox/mailbox because if you remove a physical letter from it, it remains a mailbox; its meaning is still to hold letters. You can remove all the letters, but it will still be a mailbox.

• Does a mailbox have a meaning, though? – Jasper May 6 '15 at 15:52
• @Jasper The word itself does – warspyking Aug 18 '15 at 18:05
• @warspyking Though that was apparently what was intended, I still think that makes no sense. You remove the letters from the object and then the meaning of the word doesn't change. This interpretation requires "me" to refer to both things interchangeably, while they are definitely separate concepts. It would be like saying "if you cut me in half, my shape doesn't change" for a rope (after all, it's still a rope and the shape of the word definitely hasn't changed). – Jasper Aug 22 '15 at 19:08
• @Jasper please see the tag lateral-thinking :) – warspyking Aug 22 '15 at 22:12
• xkcd.com/169 – Gareth McCaughan May 16 '16 at 20:13

NOTHING. The pronunciation of this in various accents could be rendered as NOTHIN' (one letter removed), NOT'IN' (two letters removed), or NOT'N' (three letters removed). And of course if you remove all the letters you're left with nothing!

• Very creative indeed – skv Nov 16 '14 at 23:35
• @skv - Are you being sarcastic? This just sprang to mind as soon as I saw "if you remove all letters my meaning won't change". – Rand al'Thor Nov 17 '14 at 14:58
• I think he was not being sarcastic, and I agree. Now am I being sarcastic? <grin> – o0'. Aug 18 '15 at 15:57
• @Lohoris Judging from your upvote, no, you're not being sarcastic ;-) – Rand al'Thor Aug 18 '15 at 17:19
• Is this the era before spoiler tags was a thing? (That is, except for the answer below this one) – Ébe Isaac Feb 11 '20 at 4:15

NOTHING

Because:

if you remove "G", it becomes "NOTHIN" which has the same meaning, nothing. Remove N, it becomes "NOTHI" which means nothing. "I", "NOTH", which means nothing. "H", "NOT", which arguably does not make sense in this context. "T", "NO", somewhat similar. "N", nothing big.

• @BeastlyGerbil No, his answer is different. At first glance, it might seem to be a duplicate of Rand al'Thor's answer, but it isn't. He means that nonsensical fragments of a meaningful word mean nothing. See, "NOT", which arguably does not make sense in this context. because it has a meaning. I thought the answer was very creative and original; I dont think this deserved that downvote (presumably by you). – Soha Farhin Pine Jul 2 '17 at 0:45