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Archive for February, 2011

The origins of “OK”

This is an interesting article on the humorously-intended origins of “OK” and how it spread around the world.

As a side-note, even though OK is also used in Japan this paragraph interested me:

“Almost every language has an O vowel, a K consonant, and an A vowel. So OK is a very distinctive combination of very familiar elements. And that’s one reason it’s so successful. OK stands apart.”

In Japanese there actually is not a long A vowel. OK is usually written オーケー which phonetically is oh keh with elongated vowels.


The only sticking snow in Tokyo this season

It’s already melting this morning. doug

Sky Tree, taken from my veranda

Hao plays with a bottle cap


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