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Why does "Here goes nothing" have almost the same meaning as "Here we go"? I mean, it's "nothing"...you know...
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Anon, I'm not sure I agree with you. It could also simply be that the person is saying they have nothing to lose, it's not important if they don't do well. But it's not necessarily the case that the person doesn't think it will have good results. (Granted, with snowboarding, it's unlikley it will be great - but change it to a new recipe - no reason to think it won't turn out well, but it's not big deal if it does or doesn't.
Check this idiom site:

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here goes nothing

meaning one is starting something that one doubts will succeed

http://www.answers.com/topic/here-goes
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I agree. A friend asked me to translate a page for his site and the Romanian expression was "acu'-i acu'". Word for word: "now is now." Or "here we go!" But there goes nothing - I think - is the best choice as it conveys the meaning "No turning away now; we hope we'll make it."
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TakaWhy does "Here goes nothing" have almost the same meaning as "Here we go"? I mean, it's "nothing"...you know...

To me, "here goes nothing", means we have nothing to loose by trying. So yes, while putting the similar expressions together, "Here we go (we're starting), we have nothing to loose by trying", can be unwieldy yet the meaning is clear. We substitute with the terser idiom when we don't want to waste time with superfluous words. The idiom also has the right intonation pattern to fit a certain context, becomming more exclamatory. The context of usage for the shorter expression might arise during the first time you ever down hill skied. You're about to push off at the top of the slope, and you say to a companion, "Here goes nothing"! A secondary meaning in the skiing example is, "I don't know yet what I'm getting myself into--hope I don't regret this"! An even more brief cry of, "here we go", where time for and contemplation of the action about to be taken is of the esence, is, "Geromimo"! "Geronimo" is largely replaced lately with "Cowabunga". Here is one last expression of let's get started using "nothing": "Nothing ventured, nothing gained". This one means to me that you have to start with something, even if it's only your intention to start, to produce the result or gain. I see you wrote your question back in 2004. Sorry I didn't find your post sooner. BRC
I think both explanations are right if we combined them together like " I know i will not succeed in doing that but I'm doing it anyway because there's no risk at all"