Why we say “OK”

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How a cheesy joke from the 1830s became the most widely spoken word in the world.
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OK is thought to be the most widely recognized word on the planet. We use it to communicate with each other, as well as our technology. But it actually started out as a language fad in the 1830’s of abbreviating words incorrectly.
Young intellectuals in Boston came up with several of these abbreviations, including “KC” for “knuff ced,” “OW” for “oll wright,” and KY for “know yuse.” But thanks to its appearance in Martin Van Buren’s 1840 presidential re-election campaign as the incumbents new nickname, Old Kinderhook, OK outlived its abbreviated comrades.
Later, widespread use by early telegraph operators caused OK to go mainstream, and its original purpose as a neutral affirmative is still how we use it today.
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12-Sen, 2018

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Vox 5 oy oldin
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 might indicate why "OK" was so easily adapted into language worldwide, none of them can actually be traced in their influence the way "oll korrect" can. Neat. - Coleman
Matheus Franca
Matheus Franca Kun oldin
That's exactly what I was going to comment. A professor of mine once told me that in college.
Knave New World
Knave New World 17 kun oldin
@voxdotcom James Corbett got there before you, haha! uzvid.com/video/video-cDO3_G7RpHU.html
sir monsieur
sir monsieur Oy oldin
+Mikrofonlar Kralarına Cevaplar cheeel 😂
saif haider
saif haider Oy oldin
Yay :D
Yay :D Oy oldin
Eureka 5 soat oldin
And I thought O.K. was a shortcut for 'okay'
MrFatcakes 5 soat oldin
What about “Okay” ?
Amarendra Nath
Amarendra Nath 18 soat oldin
And I thought we were hip and cool with our urban lingo. Jeez those 1800 dudes were way cooler.
Akira.MadeThat 20 soat oldin
Lmao, ‘Murica.
Taylor Joyce
Taylor Joyce 20 soat oldin
Sasha Staples
Sasha Staples Kun oldin
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Chelsea Keniston
Krusty Krab pizza is the pizza for you and me
Lola 。 Barclay 。
Ok sounds weird now
JANU bilera
JANU bilera Kun oldin
ok, i got it.
a n n x i e
a n n x i e Kun oldin
TeNgGiLinG Kun oldin
Architectural Boi
Architectural Boi 2 kun oldin
4:48 Who is that at the bottom saying 'Worst Pet Shop' in a Yelp Review of a Restaurant? What, Are they're trying to but burnt Chicken?
Callister Rod2500
Callister Rod2500 2 kun oldin
H. M
H. M 3 kun oldin
Where did alright come from
jake marten
jake marten 3 kun oldin
Zack Lamb
Zack Lamb 3 kun oldin
LosAngeles.323 4 kun oldin
Whatever Man
Whatever Man 4 kun oldin
Seton43 5 kun oldin
“The chicken was ok.” “Worst pet shop ever.” 🤔🤔🤔
PewDiePy 5 kun oldin
Όλα καλά
Ty Boo
Ty Boo 6 kun oldin
Fortnite Beginner
Fortnite Beginner 6 kun oldin
OkayLexi 6 kun oldin
This is fascinating, thank you for making this video!
Zach Kariotis
Zach Kariotis 7 kun oldin
I always thought that they replaced c's with k's to make it more marketable to young people and fun to read. I mean, I would probably take Kool Aid more seriously if it was Cool Aid. That actually sounds like some medical term used to mellow out the blood of patients or something.
BRIT BE TRIPPIN 7 kun oldin
Bradley Cooper’s character in Silver Linings playbook explained the origins of OK in the movie.
Yusri Amilkassim
Yusri Amilkassim 7 kun oldin
wdym means what do you mean, owh okay than...
pdxrailtransit 7 kun oldin
Really well done, OK?
Renzo Reynaldo
Renzo Reynaldo 7 kun oldin
kKk is also memorable
Isko Maxmin
Isko Maxmin 7 kun oldin
Ok Hitler !!!
Beleszove Foldlanya
so how did Ok become Okay?
Martel Clark
Martel Clark 8 kun oldin
Ight is my okay that slang and most ppl in cincinnati say it
sunlight_ beam
sunlight_ beam 8 kun oldin
Those dots are basically like Morse code.
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Gaming Guitarist
Gaming Guitarist 8 kun oldin
fir3w0rx Productions
Reminds me of the word 'hodl' in the cryptocurrency world, which was a mispelled 'hold' that everybody joked about but continue to use today, and probably will for a long time.
Not Lazy
Not Lazy 9 kun oldin
Now the word OK sounds weird now.
kiran Aher
kiran Aher 9 kun oldin
James Kolan
James Kolan 9 kun oldin
"Kraft" is a poor example of using the letter "K" to get attention. Kraft is simply the German form of the English "craft." The name of the family that founded the company was indeed "Kraft" and one of the descendants of the family is the owner of the New England Patriots.
PoehlerBehr 10 kun oldin
Chris Skinner
Chris Skinner 10 kun oldin
Why am I learning about where O.K. came from instead of studying for my math exam??
grplayer 10 kun oldin
Ancient Greeks wrote ok on wood meaning όλα καλά (all good) to identify wood strong enough for ship building
Я Обычный
Я Обычный 11 kun oldin
Well, excuse me my scepsis, but according to the international morse code, "OK" spelt like this --- -.-
AnanaFetaGaming 11 kun oldin
In Greece we have a different theory. A professor got into America and OK or Oll Korrect. That is a theory
xXJAYMOXx 11 kun oldin
O is 3 dots in morse code btw
SarNarNoma 11 kun oldin
Yeah Aight
Patrick 11 kun oldin
Hasyel 11 kun oldin
OK is Oll Korrect. So can KO means korrect all?
bergamotblonde 11 kun oldin
This slang habit would make a great meme today.
deepak malik
deepak malik 12 kun oldin
Not Playing
Not Playing 12 kun oldin
what about the -ay ????
James Smith
James Smith 13 kun oldin
Valii Cuca
Valii Cuca 13 kun oldin
L Hunter
L Hunter 14 kun oldin
Let‘s establish „Nokay“ as the opposite of Okay
Goi Garg
Goi Garg 14 kun oldin
When news channel don't have news - why not make video on 'ok'
Alex Byron
Alex Byron 15 kun oldin
I wondered if you’d explain why it can be both ‘ok’ and ‘okay’. Never understood why...
Sasha Novikova
Sasha Novikova 15 kun oldin
Wait so why do we say “okay” and not “o.k.” then?
Esther Rogers
Esther Rogers 15 kun oldin
This was really fascinating! Now I know what OK stands for 😅
Henrique Ourives
Henrique Ourives 16 kun oldin
And what about kerbals!?
Linus Pönig
Linus Pönig 16 kun oldin
I did actually know this before
Alex Eastwood
Alex Eastwood 16 kun oldin
Ok is over used and outdated. Ladies and gentlemen...... I give you....... K.
waughj12 16 kun oldin
#OldFashionMemes lol
Willie Peppers
Willie Peppers 16 kun oldin
Oh ok
Cole W
Cole W 16 kun oldin
Mr. N0Body
Mr. N0Body 17 kun oldin
0:17 what was that ?
Parrish Thomas
Parrish Thomas 17 kun oldin
alejandro ojeda
alejandro ojeda 17 kun oldin
Is there a reason why you said OK was .. _._ instead of ... _._?
Brian Davidson
Brian Davidson 17 kun oldin
why is there 1800 dislikes for this video ahahahaha
Bored 5
Bored 5 17 kun oldin
Dirt Poor
Dirt Poor 17 kun oldin
So back then people refused to use abbreviations and acronyms? (a sect of philosophers)
Max Horsford
Max Horsford 17 kun oldin
Ok but what about “okay”
Mr Oof
Mr Oof 17 kun oldin
Oxygen Potassium
Mr Oof
Mr Oof 17 kun oldin
_up next, why we say K_
Lucas 18 kun oldin
I'm going to say all correct from now on
Chosen One
Chosen One 18 kun oldin
vinay sukhija
vinay sukhija 18 kun oldin
Now we say okurrrrr! Thanks to cardi b !
Laura Lucas
Laura Lucas 18 kun oldin
I wonder if that's how the Kardashians got so famous. 2 Ks per person.
Hunner Smit
Hunner Smit 19 kun oldin
Evan george
Evan george 19 kun oldin
O.K = Ολα. Καλα
moumous 20 kun oldin
2:45 isn’t that wrong? Shouldn’t it be - - - - • - ?!
AdiJoPey 20 kun oldin
vale vale vale vale
Bogdan Popescu
Bogdan Popescu 20 kun oldin
Omfg they did not just use MCR in the beggining and wreck my life
Asishll Aurora
Asishll Aurora 20 kun oldin
Well we now know Ku Klux Klan was trying to be hip with the kids.
Pixel Donkey
Pixel Donkey 20 kun oldin
Ohhhhh ok
josh s
josh s 20 kun oldin
so its ok not okay
Lil Sausage
Lil Sausage 21 kun oldin
Steven Seserko
Steven Seserko 21 kun oldin
Don’t believe anything in this video. The word “ok” was created by Playboi Carti and that is why we say it today.
Minuka Mak
Minuka Mak 21 kun oldin
Derpy Candy
Derpy Candy 21 kun oldin
Volcryn Darkstar
Volcryn Darkstar 21 kun oldin
Weird flex but ·· -·-
omfgwhoru 22 kun oldin
Amazing video
Josiah Harvey
Josiah Harvey 22 kun oldin
oh, uh, mmkay
Alfred Abbey
Alfred Abbey 22 kun oldin
Ok originated in the Choctaw language, in fact Oklahoma is a Choctaw word for red man and it’s abbreviated at OK. www.google.com/amp/s/bymyart.wordpress.com/2008/07/09/the-choctaw-expression-okeh-and-the-americanism-okay/amp/
Keith X.
Keith X. 22 kun oldin
ook ook ook
akzz z
akzz z 22 kun oldin
ok nice video!
Moofy 23 kun oldin
HondaMan Vtec
HondaMan Vtec 23 kun oldin
Indian Indian
Indian Indian 23 kun oldin
567482 inCincy
567482 inCincy 23 kun oldin
I heard it was from Eisenhower's slogan: "Ike is O.K.!"
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