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What does "O"stand for in 'o'clock'?

Is it a short form of the preposition 'of'?

What is the origin of the word o'clock?

asked Jun 24 '13 at 14:00 Rahul Gupta Expert

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It is the shortened form of 'of the clock'.

For example: Seven o(of the) clock.

link comment edited Jun 24 '13 at 14:07 Scarlet Darwin Contributor
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What is the origin of "o'clock"?
Originally this term was of the clock—for which o'clock is a contraction. It means by or according to the clock. The form o'clock first began to appear in the 18th Century. In Chaucer's time (14th Century) of the clock was used. Later the word the in the phrase was omitted and of was frequently slurred to sound like an a. Chaucer said ten of the clokke, while many writers of the 16th and 17th centuries said ten of clock or ten a clock. Originally the word clock signified bell. The modern usage is a survival of the period when all mechanical timepieces sounded the hours by bells.

 

Source:Wordreference.com

link answered Jun 24 '13 at 14:10 Scarlet Darwin Contributor

Thank you sir.

Rahul GuptaJun 24 '13 at 14:50

Actually it's ma'am. But never mind.

Scarlet DarwinJun 24 '13 at 15:14

And by the way...welcome.

Scarlet DarwinJun 24 '13 at 15:17

Oh! I am sorry ma'am. Thank you.

Rahul GuptaJun 25 '13 at 07:36

Oh! I am sorry ma'am. Thank you.

Rahul GuptaJun 25 '13 at 07:36

Oh! I am sorry ma'am. Thank you.

Rahul GuptaJun 25 '13 at 07:36

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