Talk:o'clock

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This definition is way too confusing, especially number 2 (the one about relative position). Look at this one: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/o'clock --194.205.139.195 09:28, 25 September 2008 (UTC)




I don't think it does mean the exact hour. In ordinary conversation, many people will refer to 08:58, 08:59, 09:02 as "nine o'clock". If one means "exactly", one says "nine o'clock sharp" or "nine o'clock precisely" or something of that kind. So it may be that we should look for a better way of expressing this definition. The Spanish translation, "en punto", is also wrong for the same reason. --Someone else

Pronunciation[edit]

Is it /əˈklok/ or /əˈklɑk/ or /əˈklɒk/. I think the third one is RP and the second is GenAm, I don't know if the third exists. Ferike333 13:19, 5 July 2009 (UTC)

Query: Is "6.30 o'clock" correct usage? It certainly sounds wrong. The full expression "six-thirty of the clock", never used in practice, might be strictly right, but commonly we just say "six-thirty", leaving the "o'clock" implied. To use it in full seems pedantic. 85.211.69.71 16:32, 20 April 2010 (UTC)

As far as I know, you can only use o'clock with a whole number of hours (and a twelve-hour clock; even countries using the 24-hour clock don't seem to say things like "13 o'clock" for 1 p.m.). Equinox 16:34, 20 April 2010 (UTC)

RFC discussion: July 2011–May 2017[edit]

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Definitions too wordy, too limited in scope. "Heading" implies motion, I think, but "o'clock" can refer to position relative to static object, albeit one with a front and a back. "Heading" is also itself a bit too jargony. The sense for "beer o'clock" (and similar) is missing. DCDuring TALK 14:44, 22 July 2011 (UTC)

Better now? Still wordy, but hopefully more precise, and the missing sense is there. Is it really an adverb? — Pingkudimmi 17:23, 23 July 2011 (UTC)
Yes, but I wouldn't take the tag off yet. Good job on the "beer o'clock"-type sense. The w:Clock position says that the direction clock can be either horizontal with 12 o'clock straight ahead or vertical with 12 o'clock straight up ("high"?).
As it is a contraction of a prepositional phrase, it could conceivably be used to modify either a verb (or adjective, adverb, or clause) or a noun, but I can't think of any instances of modification of a verb. "Twelve" in "twelve o'clock" seems to be a noun modified postpositively. So adjective would be better than adverb. We could also call it a contraction. I don't think we can call it a preposition phrase because it doesn't look enough like one. DCDuring TALK 19:50, 23 July 2011 (UTC)