What, if any, is the right way to use "and lo" in a sentence?

My basic structure is "[discussion about thing], and lo, [example of thing]", kind of like: There's a cliche about circus clowns being creepy and dangerous, and lo, last night I saw a clown violating a teddy bear.

Is this proper? Should there be a colon or semicolon after "lo"?

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    It should be noted that "and lo" is fairly archaic - the sort of phrasing you expect in traditional fairy tales, not in modern spoken English. – Karl Knechtel Aug 21 '11 at 20:26

The words 'and lo' are usually followed by an exclamation mark (And lo! the majestic Himalayas, lay untrammeled before their very eyes!) , to emphasize the dramatic nature of the event that has come to pass. 'Lo and behold' is a related variant, also usually followed by an exclamation mark.


Lo means look or behold [here/there]. It's not ordinarily used the way OP's example has it, where the amazing sight being referenced isn't actually present at the time of speaking.

In grammatical terms it's an interjection, so any alternative would also need to function in that way. For OP's example, I'd suggest And would you believe it! (an interjection, not a question).

Per @Karl's comment to the question, whilst not exactly "obsolete", it's at the very least least a "dated" usage in most conversational contexts today.

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