Nowhere (adv.) “not in any situation or state; in no place,” Old English nahwær ”nowhere, not at all;” see no + where. Colloquial nowheres, with adverbial genitive, is by 1803. As a noun, “non-existent place,” 1831; “remote or inaccessible place,” 1908. Hence road to nowhere (1916); middle of nowhere (1891). Similar constructions were attempted with nowhat (“not at all,” 1650s) and nowhen (“at no time, never,” 1764), but they failed to take hold and remain nonce words. Middle English also had an adverb never-where (early 14c.).

The Nowhere series by Allan Banford features how a simple word can be interpreted in many ways. Starting with the word Nowhere from which one can write up to 77 words, placed on The largest canyon in the Solar System cutting a wide swath across the face of Mars. Named Valles Marineris, the grand valley extends over 3,000 kilometres long, spans as much as 600 kilometres across, and delves as much as 8 kilometres deep.