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    What is o'?

    Hi,

    New Year Resolutions by Elizabeth Sewell

    "Will lie o' nights
    In the bony arms
    Of Reality and be comforted."

    What does "o'" mean? Does it stand for "of"?

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    Re: What is o'?

    Yes. I can't see any advantage of o' over 'of'.

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    Re: What is o'?

    She was writing in the nineteenth century, when it was common usage.

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    Re: What is o'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    She was writing in the nineteenth century, when it was common usage.
    ...in poetry, not in prose.
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    #5

    Re: What is o'?

    Thank you.

    What does "Will lie o' nights..." mean?

    Lie of

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    Re: What is o'?

    Will lie every night.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: What is o'?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    ...in poetry, not in prose.
    To be fair, that looks as if it is aspiring to be poetry.

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    Re: What is o'?

    It appears in prose quite a bit:

    six o'clock
    cat o' nine tails
    will o' the wisp
    jack o' lantern
    top o' the mornin'

    and in daily conversation the f of 'of' is commonly omitted, which when transcribed is rendered o'.

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