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    Why we say o'clock?

    Dear Colleagues

    Can you help me answering this surprising question that I have not been able to answer:

    O'clock

    Why do we put the apostropher after the "o"???

    Thank you


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    #2

    Re: Why we say o'clock?

    To signify that the " 'f the" has been omitted = two of the clock >> two o'clock

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    #3

    Re: Why we say o'clock?

    Whenever you see "o'", you can suspect an "of": Will-o'-the-wisp - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Cat o' nine tails - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Hop o' My Thumb - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    ...
    - none of them particularly common, but you may still come across them.

    b

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    Re: Why we say o'clock?

    I am very grateful. Thanks a lot :)

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    #5

    Re: Why we say o'clock?

    Very interesting Bob and Anglika, I had no idea.

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