The correct phrase is lo and behold; however, I felt it necessary to make a note about it today because I actually spelled it low and behold in my blog yesterday (all corrected now) and wanted to make sure I don’t make that mistake again! After a bit of googling though, it appears that it’s a common error. Here’s some information from a few of the sites I visited:
Maven’s word of the day (Randomhouse.com) explains that lo and behold is “used as an expression of surprise”.
The Free Dictionary.com define lo and behold as a humorous expression and “something that you say when you tell someone about something surprising that happened”.
Meaning of the individual words
Phrases.org.uk write: “Lo is slightly archaic for ‘look’ and behold for ‘see’ (or the like) so means something like ‘look, see!'”.
Wiki Answers have posted something similar explaining that lo is archaic English for ‘look’ and behold is “to see and recognise something”. They refer to sightings in the older versions of the bible when Jesus was pointing things out to his listeners.
The use of ‘lo and behold’ in sentences
- Lo and behold she turned up half and hour late!
- I typed it in google and lo and behold I found just what I was looking for.
That’s all for today