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Why is an alarm clock going off when it actually turns on?

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04/22/2010

First of all, it is not the clock that is going off, it is the alarm. The alarm is not coming on, as the alarm has already been set but is just activating. To "go off" means to be discharged or activated, but that still is not the answer, since "go on" should mean to activate.

One would think that it just became a slang term to say "the alarm clock is turning off" or going off could be something to signify a lack of restraint (Dad went off me yesterday for burning down the shed).