What does `void` mean as a function parameter in C?

What is the difference between

int foo(void);

and

int foo();

I thought: nothing. But there is: the former takes no arguments, whereas the latter takes an unspecified number of arguments!

The difference is illustrated by calling the function with different numbers of arguments. This compiles (but emits a warning):

int foo() { return 4; }

int main(void) {
  foo("bar");
  return 0;
}

whereas this does not compile:

int foo(void) { return 4; }

int main(void) {
  foo("bar");
  return 0;
}
% clang void_fn.c
void_fn.c:4:7: error: too many arguments to function call, expected 0, have 1
  foo("bar");
  ~~~ ^~~~~
void_fn.c:1:1: note: 'foo' declared here
int foo(void) { return 4; }
^
1 error generated.

I wrote this because I felt like it. This post is my own, and not associated with my employer.

Jim. Friends. Vidrio.