# A calculation error made a rebus

What does this little rebus mean?

14   0

Is fourteen wrong or what?

EDIT:

OK, there have been way too many answers, only a few having some reasonable match with the rebus. To avoid another flood of not-so-nicely-matched answers, here is a

Hint:

The "strike-through" (or whatever it's called), is not pronounced per se. It adds meaning. The rest is pronounced.

Another hint:

hit   0, Jack

• This is kiiiiiiiiilling me. Commented May 18, 2016 at 12:48
• @Kevin, Just for readability. The stroke above 14 was not visible enough. Commented May 18, 2016 at 12:56
• There is a saying in Romanian that translates literally to "It hurts in my fourteen". It means "I don't give a ... damn". So this could be it. since "giving a damn" could mean "zero damns given". (it involves 14 and zero). Commented May 18, 2016 at 13:00
• @Matthew0898 I would say that 4=h when viewed upside-down in a calculator...
– user21703
Commented May 18, 2016 at 17:49
• @Matthew0898, there is no such visual trick. It is just a plain rebus. Find a clever pronunciation, stretch it a tiny bit, and find an idiom. Commented May 18, 2016 at 17:54

because

you zero out one-four, or you have "one four zeroed". Stretching the pronunciation a bit (or using the Spanish theta), you get "one for the road"(or "one for ze road").

• Phew, that took many answers, but well done ! Commented May 18, 2016 at 20:32
• Did anyone else say this like N. Gin from Crash Team Racing?.... No, just me?! ok then. Commented May 19, 2016 at 6:50
• In Spanish, "z" sounds as the first sound of "thick". I believe your comment should in fact refer to the German-ish pronounciation of "the" ("ze"), which you mention later on. Commented May 19, 2016 at 16:31

Here's my guess:

Not one for small talk. Strikethrough 14 is not one for, and 0 is small talk. Kind of a stretch though

• Indeed, too much of a stretch, but there is some sort of evolution in the right direction. Commented May 18, 2016 at 13:20

My first answer so hopefully I am doing the spoiler hiding thing correctly...

Not number one for nothing

• oh wow, I think this is it. Commented May 18, 2016 at 17:17
• I'd be surprised if this wasn't it, nice job Commented May 18, 2016 at 17:18
• Nope, sorry guys :) The hint indicates that the strike-through is not pronounced. Here, is it pronounced as "Not". Maybe I should make the puzzle a little more specific ... Commented May 18, 2016 at 17:22
• @fffred Well, I mean, this answer doesn't work because then it should be "Not number fourteen for nothing" ;) Commented May 19, 2016 at 22:06
• @insane, it works if you pronounce 14 as "number one for" Commented May 19, 2016 at 22:21

I think it translates to

Not for teens

• I thought this, but how does the 0 fit in? Commented May 18, 2016 at 12:56
• Incorrect answer, but nice attempt with the pronunciation. Commented May 18, 2016 at 12:59

Here's an attempt to not use the strike-through as "not":

This potentially works because

we can imagine the line "halving" the fourteen -> "halve" -> "have" and then 0 could represent nothing which when talking about money would be equivalent to free.

I think it means

Always be positive

Reasoning:

Original equation was $7 - 7$
Being positive and ignoring negatives, you made a calculation error and answered $14 (7 + 7)$ instead of $0$

• Interesting idea, but does not fit the rebus well enough. Commented May 18, 2016 at 12:19
• There is no information regarding the original equation. Commented May 19, 2016 at 3:36

A possibility:

Not one for naught

• That would be the first good (but coincidental) match. However, I never heard this idiom before ... Is it really used? Commented May 18, 2016 at 16:17
• I think the actual idiom I was thinking of is Not for Naught. Commented May 18, 2016 at 16:23
• Or maybe "All for naught" ? Commented May 18, 2016 at 16:23
• "not for nothing" is common, so I imagine someone probably says "not for naught", but this rebus doesn't spell that Commented May 18, 2016 at 16:33

Very similar to various answers but

You can't get something for nothing

Because:

1 = something
4 = for
0 = nothing
strikethrough = if these are the answer to an equation you would 'get' 14, and the strikethrough show that we can't get it

Guessing:

Take one for the team

Reason:

When editing a document, " 14 " would 'take out' "14".
The "0" might be visually representative of a huddled sports team.

Probably very far'fetched, but:

Two (male) teens without girlfriends

because:

14  => Four teens split / divided => Two teens

I tried to come up with a suitable verb for the 0..

I interpreted the 0 as an O because:
"The modern numerical digit 0 is usually written as a circle or ellipse. Traditionally, many print typefaces made the capital letter O more rounded than the narrower, elliptical digit 0. Typewriters originally made no distinction in shape between O and 0; some models did not even have a separate key for the digit 0. The distinction came into prominence on modern character displays."

And found the following meaning for O'ing:
"If you've ever heard of the term "dinks" meaning "double income, no kids" , Oing is for males that have a decent paying job and are in the age range of 16-25 meaning "One income, No girlfriend". It stops at 25 because if you have no girl at 25, you're a loser."

The age-range of 16-25 also fits the term teens.

• Man, I'm really impressed by all the ideas here, but this is not correct. I would not have replaced 0 by O just for fun anyway. The characters are chosen for good reasons. Commented May 18, 2016 at 13:40
• @fffred Well, two teens zeroing didn't made much sense, so I had to look in another direction. :) Commented May 18, 2016 at 13:42

Not one for pi(e)? The O being a circle, so related to pi...

• Well, nice try, but still not quite there yet. A zero is not a circle, really. Commented May 18, 2016 at 15:10

I have to try this one!

Don't count your chickens before the eggs have hatched : you had 14 eggs that haven't hatched yet, so you counted 14 chickens, but then they all turned out to be ones without chickens, and you actually have 0 chickens!

• Nice try ! +1 for the idea, but 14 is not any random thing. Commented May 18, 2016 at 12:51
• Argh, time to search again !
– Mayo
Commented May 18, 2016 at 12:52

Hold the fort : maybe it's related to the word fort, as 'fortnight' means '14 days'

• Still not the answer ... :) Commented May 18, 2016 at 13:21

My long shot:

A strike for nothing

• I am unaware of this idiom. But anyway, what would the 1 be there for? Commented May 18, 2016 at 15:12
• @fffred "A" and "One" are interchangeable. :) Commented May 18, 2016 at 15:14

New try

One for All

because

It's not one for nothing because there is a strikethrough, so the opposite would be one for all.

• Still incorrect. Try again :) With your explanation, "Not for" would have been simply a 4 stroke out. Commented May 18, 2016 at 16:04