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
Carrots and raspberries make a good combination
By Penny Stine
Monday, June 27, 2016

Proof
By Penny Stine
Friday, June 24, 2016

You Can’t Read This From Here, and A Day at the Scary Beach
By BSilbernagel
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Plants gone to seed? Thank you very much
By Penny Stine
Thursday, June 23, 2016

test
By Bob Silbernagel
Tuesday, June 21, 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

© 2016 Grand Junction Media, Inc.
By using this site you agree to the Visitor Agreement and the Privacy Policy