Anniversary of OK

Today in 1839, the expression "OK" was first used in print. It appeared in Boston Morning Post article about the Anti-Bell-Ringing Society. From Smithsonian (image: OK Krew 509):
Ok Ever since, scholars have passionately and voluminously debated the etymology of the expression. Most likely it grew out of a fad in the 1830s, for comical misspellings and initialisms. One of those misspellings was "Oll Korrect."
"March 23, 1839: OK, OK, Already"


  1. International OKs

    * Native American Choctaw: Okeh – it is so
    * Scottish: Och aye – oh yes
    * Greek: Ola kala – all is right
    * German: ohne Korrektur – without [need for] correction
    * Finnish: Oikea – correct
    * Mandinka: O ke – that’s it

    Here’s the full story:

  2. “… the word “okay” comes from the Wolof wawkay meaning “by all means” or “certainly” . . .”

    The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner

  3. (Dave:)Alright you Chipmunks, Ready to sing your song?
    (Alvin:)I’d say we are
    (Theodore:)Yeah, Lets sing it now!
    (Dave:)Okay, Simon?
    (Dave:)Okay, Theodore?
    (Dave:)Okay Alvin?…Alvin?…ALVIN!!!

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