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The origins of “OK”

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12503686

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.

doug

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Comments on: "The origins of “OK”" (2)

  1. Doug, I thought OK was for Oscar Kogan, Yackle number 16. I thought he made it popular in Italy when he was there and your dad and I made it popular in Japan. So now as Yackle # 32 you know the real derivation of OK

  2. Doug Lerner said:

    Was that back in 1830? :)doug

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