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What does o'er mean?
O’er is a poetic contraction of the word over. It’s typically found in old poetry and song lyrics.
O’er is a contraction, meaning it’s a shortened form of a word in which certain letters are replaced with an apostrophe. We use contractions all the time, especially to combine two words into one, as in it’s and isn’t. But o’er is contracted for poetic reasons: to reduce it to one syllable in order to fit a specific meter (the set rhythm of a poem), to make a line flow better, or to make it easier to find a rhyme. It’s not commonly used anymore.
Example: “Shakespeare is the worst,” you opine, “I quit.”
At first line, you whine, “I wish this were o’er.”
But by end admit, “His lit, ’tis pretty lit.”
And lo, you shout, “O!” pining for e’en more.
Where does o'er come from?
O’er is first recorded around the late 1500s, and ’twas used in poetry for centuries after. Today, you’ll most oft find it in old poetry and hymns, where it was used to fit a certain meter or rhyme scheme. Shakespeare frequently used o’er in his plays and sonnets as a way to cut a syllable and achieve iambic pentameter, which requires lines that are 10 syllables long. Consider this line in his play Twelfth Night: “O, it came o’er my ear like the sweet sound” (using o’er instead of over makes it 10 syllables instead of 11).
O’er may seem archaic, but chances are you’ve encountered it in some classic songs. It shows up in “Jingle Bells” (“o’er the fields we go”) and the “Star-Spangled Banner” (“o’er the ramparts we watched”). It’s used in many traditional song titles, like that of the traditional Scottish tune “When the Battle’s O’er.” If a musical artist uses it in a song title today, it’s probably to give the song an antique feel. Similar contractions include e’er (for ever) and ne’er (for never, most commonly encountered in ne’er-do-well). Technically, o’er is an example of elision, which is the omitting of a part of a word in its pronunciation.
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How is o'er used in real life?
You’ll most often find o’er in old poetry or songs or things imitating that kind of style, like the Lannister anthem “The Rains of Castamere” from TV show Game of Thrones: “And now the rains weep o’er his hall / with no one there to hear.”
I do not wander as a cloud
Nor float on high o'er vale and hill,
I don't because I'm not allowed:
So stay at home, Netflix and chill;
Upon the couch, beneath the roof,
Aye pondering a noon vermouth.
— Adam Roberts (@arrroberts) April 10, 2020
Uma coisa que eu acho muito bonita é o final do "Código Da Vinci".
The Holy Grail 'neath ancient Roslin waits.
Adorned in masters' loving art, she lies.
The blade and chalice guarding o'er her gates.
She rests at last beneath starry skies.
— Guilherme Dobrychtop (@dobrychtop) April 13, 2020
Dashing through the show in a no-horse metal sleigh, o'er the hills we go, hopefully not crashing on the way…hohoho.
— Brett Dalton (@IMBrettDalton) November 13, 2013
Try using o'er!
Why is o’er used instead of over?
A. to remove a syllable
B. to fit a poetic meter
C. to fit a rhyme scheme
D. all of the above
How to use o'er in a sentence
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