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what is the meaning 'O' IN The word of 7'O Clock?
- bruhahaLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
As has been noted, "o'clock" is short for "of the clock". This fuller form of the expression is found as early as the late 14th century (in Chaucer).
But that doesn't do much to explain the MEANING of the expression. So, to start with the simple sense is "according to the clock".
But this is not all that helpful, UNTIL we look at the origin of the expression, which is connected to the origins of the mechanical clock itself and the very word "clock".
"Clock" comes from Latin 'cloca' meaning "BELL". It was the term applied to the newer devices in use for measuring time in the thirteenth century. As the word itself suggests, the key feature of these clocks is the bell that chimed the hours In fact, these clocks, often set out in public in a tower to make it possible to notify everyone, did not necessarily have hands.
The key thing, then, was notifying people of the HOUR of the day (NOT the minute, and not, at least at first, the quarter or half hour either). This practice of marking/announcing the hours is echoed by the watchman's call "nine o'clock and all is well." Thus it is scarcely surprising that this way of expressing the time did not (and still does not, except in certain highly formal uses) state anything BUT the HOUR.
So you may picture the situation around 1300 -- the bell in the 'clock tower' strikes ONE time announcing that the hour is "one of ['according to'] the clock".
- Anonymous5 years ago
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When you say half "to" it means there is still another half until you reach eight o'clock. In other words, it would be BEFORE 8, therefore the answer is 7:30.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
of as in 7 of the clock.
- 1 decade ago
contraction of "Of the clock"
7 Of the Clock. Very old. probably middle english
- 1 decade ago