What's in a Word | All Blogs


Something to consider

By Debra Dobbins

“Aught” is an archaic word that means “something.” According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, it comes from the “Old English awiht ‘aught, anything, something,’ literally ‘e'er a whit.’"

This excerpt is from a Christmas hymn written by Sir John Bowring. Bowring was an English political economist and Britain’s fourth governor of Hong Kong. According to Wikipedia, he “allowed the Chinese citizens in Hong Kong to serve as jurors in trials and become lawyers.” The dictionary adds that he is given credit for “establishing Hong Kong's first commercial public water supply system."  Wikipedia notes, too, that Bowring enjoyed learning different languages and trying his hand at writing. 

The full lyrics of this hymn may be found at http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/w/a/t/watchman.htm.

Sir John Bowring in 1826 by John King
Photo of painting courtesy of Wikipedia


 

COMMENTS

Please Login or Register to leave a comment.




Recent Posts
Sundance Film Festival gives Central grad chance to shine
By David Goe
Friday, January 20, 2017

GOING THROUGH A PHASE!
By Nic.Korte
Thursday, January 19, 2017

SCRITCH-SCRITCH (HEY SWEETIE!)
By Nic.Korte
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Last Minute Music Gift Ideas
By David Goe
Friday, December 23, 2016

Grand Valley Music Scene Has Lost A Champion
By David Goe
Friday, December 23, 2016


TOP JOBS




THE DAILY SENTINEL
734 S. Seventh St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
970-242-5050; M-F 8:00 - 5:00
Editions
Subscribe to print edition
E-edition
Advertisers
Advertiser Tearsheet
Information

© 2017 Grand Junction Media, Inc.
By using this site you agree to the Visitor Agreement and the Privacy Policy