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What is OK short for?


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Henry Feeney
2020-05-26 19:03:21
2020-05-26 19:03:21

The most accepted theory is that “OK” is an acronym for “oll korrect,” an intentional misspelling of “all correct.” The acronym first appeared (at least in print) in a Boston newspaper in 1839, a time when it was trendy for writers to misspell and abbreviate words. Other examples from that time include “KG” which stood for “know go” or “no go,” and “AW” for “all write” or “all right.”

From there, the theory states, it was helped along by the abbreviation of President Martin Van Buren’s nickname during his campaign—”Old Kinderhook”—and telegraph operators, as they preferred the two-letter “OK” to the three-letter “yes.”

But there are plenty of other theories. Some believe the phrase came from the Choctaw Native Americans, who have an expression in their language “okeh,” meaning “it is right.” The French had something similar, as well. West Africans, too, had “OK”-sounding expressions across many languages, and because of the forced illiteracy of many slaves, it could be that it didn’t make its way into writing until it had been co-opted by white Americans.


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Ricardo Temple
2020-06-05 13:20:42
2020-06-05 13:20:42

In the case of O.K., the abbreviation is of "oll korrect." Probably further popularized by use as an election slogan by the O.K. Club, New York boosters of Democratic president Martin Van Buren's 1840 re-election bid. It refers to his nickname Old Kinderhook, from his birth in the N.Y. village of Kinderhook.


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Anonymous
2020-06-23 09:08:52
2020-06-23 09:08:52

Another popular false origin of OK comes from the American Civil War (1861-1865) which says that soldiers returning from battle would report "0K" (zero killed). And there's a few from around the world, too. Like the Greek "όλα καλά (óla kalá) which means "all good," the Scottish "och aye," which means "oh yes," and even a French-named seaport in Haiti, Aux Cayes. While these are all pretty interesting and

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Black Dragon
2020-06-03 14:16:50
2020-06-03 14:16:50

OK was an old word for "Oll Korrect" made by a few "dumb" children. It could also be, "Only Kanary" or "OKay".


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Raghav Perera
2020-06-08 15:42:48
2020-06-08 15:42:48

you can say okay k or oh


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Raghav Perera
2020-06-08 15:42:05
2020-06-08 15:42:05

It is "

oh"


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John Lee
2020-06-02 09:59:39
2020-06-02 09:59:39

Okay


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Raghav Perera
2020-06-02 22:54:46
2020-06-02 22:54:46

It is : k :👏🏿


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Anonymous
2020-06-01 14:08:44
2020-06-01 14:08:44

okay


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Anonymous
2020-06-01 14:50:47
2020-06-01 14:50:47

K


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Anonymous
2020-06-02 06:00:16
2020-06-02 06:00:16

okay


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Anonymous
2020-06-02 13:21:25
2020-06-02 13:21:25

it stands for okay, I don't understand what this other Donnie is saying with oll korrect or whatever


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Anonymous
2020-06-03 03:54:58
2020-06-03 03:54:58

okey dokee


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Anonymous
2020-06-03 12:58:28
2020-06-03 12:58:28

is mean ok mean ok


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Anonymous
2020-06-05 01:37:27
2020-06-05 01:37:27

ok is something you agree


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Anonymous
2020-06-03 14:55:30
2020-06-03 14:55:30

OK doesn't stand for anything! Maybe it does stand for corrections, but I think it's just O and K put together to make a correct word!


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Anonymous
2020-06-04 20:00:04
2020-06-04 20:00:04

It is short for the word "OKAY."


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Anonymous
2020-06-19 21:40:44
2020-06-19 21:40:44

Okay


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Anonymous
2020-06-05 21:14:21
2020-06-05 21:14:21

you can write k,kk,mk and yeah


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Anonymous
2020-06-05 21:25:48
2020-06-05 21:25:48

Alrighr


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Anonymous
2020-06-05 21:26:15
2020-06-05 21:26:15

Alright


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Anonymous
2020-06-06 00:10:31
2020-06-06 00:10:31

hmm I wonder.......maybe okay.


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Anonymous
2020-06-06 12:41:31
2020-06-06 12:41:31

It stand for OKAY!


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Anonymous
2020-06-11 05:06:07
2020-06-11 05:06:07

ok es una abreviatura más cool, te ahorras tiempo, es entendible


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Anonymous
2020-06-13 21:11:08
2020-06-13 21:11:08

ona kidogo


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Anonymous
2020-06-14 08:15:11
2020-06-14 08:15:11

OK means All Correct.

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Wiki User
2010-09-08 19:24:42
2010-09-08 19:24:42

OKAY ...

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