Why we say “OK”

Most of us use the word “OK” every day without really thinking about what it means or where it came from.

Back in the 1830’s, young people in Boston, Massachusetts, came up with several abbreviations that they used amongst their peers as a kind of inside joke (today’s equivalents of this would be LOL, OMG, ROFL, etc).

Back then they based the abbreviations on purposely misspelt words, with examples including “KC” for “knuff ced” (‘nough said), “OW” for “oll wright” (all right), “KY” for “know yuse” (no use), and “OK” for “oll korrect” (all correct).

This fad slowly went mainstream, and due to early telegraph operators using “OK” as a neutral affirmative, it become a fixed part of the English language.

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