Absence. Deferral. Language points to nothing outside itself. Whatever the hell Derrida was trying to say, he usually opposed paraphrasing or clarification, insisting he wasn't trying to say that. That's because he was thought language deferred meaning, and he was always proclaiming the absence of meaning in language, and talking about what he wasn't saying, not what he was saying. Or something like that. I thought he was playing Zeno's Paradox with language, and that if Derrida understood calculus, he'd know that an infinite series can converge, but Derrida no doubt thought of all that and had answers that I wouldn't understand nor could refute. But these thoughts are now irrefutable because Derrida's not here to refute them!
Rest in peace
, Jacques. Whatever you were trying to say or not say, you seemed like a nice enough person. After all, you can't judge a person by his followers — particularly the doctrinaire followers of deconstruction.