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Unread Feb 22nd, 2011, 03:27 pm
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Default p.m and a.m and o'clock

Hi everybody,

I have got 2 questions now
They are very simple but I wonder them.

1.What stands for a.m and p.m .
2. What constraction " o" in o'clock is ? on clock? Why do we use apostrophe here ?
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Unread Feb 22nd, 2011, 06:13 pm
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Default Re: p.m and a.m and o'clock

A.M is Ante Meridiem, P.M. is Post Meridiem. It is a latin word that we used! I think it is the contraction of "of the clock" - O means of, o'clock.
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Default Re: p.m and a.m and o'clock

The Latin terms mean "before noon" and "after noon". And yes, o'clock" is the contraction of the phrase of the clock which was used in Middle English
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