OK, So Here’s The Real Story Of Where ‘OK’ Comes From

“OK” is certainly one of the most common expressions in the English language–and one of the most versatile. After all, it can be used as an adjective, a noun, and a verb.

But what do the letters in OK stand for? And where did the expression come from in the first place?

Over the years, a variety of explanations have been offered. Some have argued that OK came from the Native American Indian tribe Choctaw’s word “okeh.” Others have suggested it came from a word in the Wolof language of Sub-Saharan Africa.

But a new article published in Smithsonian magazine maintains that OK has its origins in early 19th Century Boston–a time when it was trendy for writers to use playful abbreviations. According to the article, celebrated etymologist Dr. Allen Walker Read (1906-2002) argued that OK first appeared as an abbreviation for “Oll Korrect” in a satirical piece on grammar that was published in the Boston Morning Post in 1839.

“Allen Walker Read’s findings about the origin of ‘OK’ as a jocular abbreviation from the late 1830s still stand,” Dr. Laurence R. Horn, a professor of linguistics and philosophy at Yale —> Read More Here


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