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    #1

    Question o'clock

    hI! I've always wondered if that O' in o'clock has a hidden meaning.
    does anybody know something about it?

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    #2

    Re: o'clock

    Someone says that " o' " = of


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    #3

    Re: o'clock

    An abbreviation for "of the" clock.


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    Re: o'clock

    Yup...the olde English description of time was always like "it is 11 of the clock"....no one seems to know why people spoke in such a strange way though! They never said "it is 16 pounds of the scale" or "it is 21 of the month". perhaps it happened in the short time scale when clocks were first introduced.


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    Re: o'clock

    wow ! good to know these little things!
    Thanks for the help!

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