One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1another spelling of oh
2Used before a name in direct address, as in prayers and poetry.‘give peace in our time, O Lord’
- ‘"Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; Do not be silent at my tears; For I am a stranger with You, A sojourner like all my fathers."’
- ‘O Lord, save thy people.’
- ‘In the Church of England service for Evening Prayer we pray, Give peace in our time, O Lord.’
Natural exclamation: first recorded in Middle English.
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