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 2 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
Mikeeyguy26 264
Mikeeyguy26 264 3 kun oldin
Just to let you know, "ok" is spelled "okay" it's a four letter word, not two
ion 14 kun oldin
VaanDamn E.
VaanDamn E. Oy oldin
I think Vox got the Morse Code wrong. A quick search shows that "O" is "..." not ".." at 2:44 can you double check?
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+nikos papadopoulos Turks are ancestors of Anglosaxons, Bulgarians, Hungarians.. . Black or Blue eyed black, blond and red haired warrior nation aiming to establish a one/a world state coming from East and Middle Asia rolling into all Europe, Scandinavia, Britain.. carrying their linguistic ancestary too: Attila and Mete Khans are key historical figures to meet the link. .. Nevertheless more than %50 Finnish vocabulary where being of Turkish language origin, especially many English words are considerably or very directly are same or their structures are of same consonants. As for German.. their history includes an era of defness and thonglesness. So they articulating the words with more hardship asin much strongness or strength.. where also word variations are more and with much of spree from the authentic Asian backgrounds (Asian Turkish) in comparison to the English. .. I know Turkish and English.. and can easily see the linguistic characteristics intersections in their authentic progeny and what we read in history thar took place with the actions of Attila and Mete Khans explain the how, why questionaries.. and terms are easily explicit to those are well educated in history and structures of langusges issues. Even today.. the vowels at times driving some into hardship, especially those who are not aware of the authentic stances of English and Turkish, about comprehension/configuring of the very same wordalites of the two languages. And for sure there is an issue of rule of change of articulations and meaning variations as one issue at first fir many academicians.. but.. though even in 70s these rules have been written are cited in encyclopedias.. (like Larousse) the cultural exploitation age has not left a place or time for these serious realities be seen by most. The postmodern age is destroying the reality of all humanity along with healthy sex stances, concept of family, ecosystems, cultures.. thar us not a surprise one to get overwhelmed by hearing the English-German-Bulgarian-Turk relations be it by ancestory or linguistically.
83jwilson Oy oldin
Vox Your Morse code was a bit off...
Maggie McCarty
Maggie McCarty Soat oldin
ok so they were shitposters in the 1800s I love it
Leah Lombardi
Leah Lombardi Soat oldin
jjledzep 2 soat oldin
Chris 2 soat oldin
Why is it sometimes spelt Okay sometimes instead of OK
Noah Blair
Noah Blair 4 soat oldin
Okay is 4 letter word... OK is an abbreviated form of it.
Maitri Mallick
Maitri Mallick 4 soat oldin
I just saw the video...and said Okay..
hieu Cu
hieu Cu 6 soat oldin
H M 8 soat oldin
The science behind the Kardashians is revealed
potatoman9011 10 soat oldin
Yifan Wang
Yifan Wang 11 soat oldin
OK Computer
namaste allpeople
namaste allpeople 12 soat oldin
Oll korrect, All correct* ?
red comn
red comn 13 soat oldin
MIND SPARK 13 soat oldin
I think this video is okay!
Iam Theone
Iam Theone 15 soat oldin
Roswell DPS
Roswell DPS 18 soat oldin
Sackbot 2011
Sackbot 2011 19 soat oldin
Wait. So the word ok started as a meme for a select few and grew into the most used word in the english language? So does that mean that oof is the next ok?
TheMarrification 19 soat oldin
I never knew that
ihatescreennames89 21 soat oldin
Bet it's because of something racist. Where was the trigger warning?
The Robot 13
The Robot 13 22 soat oldin
Ok then!
Luke Lewis
Luke Lewis Kun oldin
Crush Soda
Crush Soda Kun oldin
wierd flex but “oll korrect”.
Throathead Kun oldin
okay then
bamcki Kun oldin
Boom Boom Pow
Boom Boom Pow Kun oldin
Moon landing was faKed..... oK!!
Brandanax Niculene YT
sp ts
sp ts Kun oldin
This story is not true ....the story goes back to a place in Greece which the are shipping protect for the eupore and the forced to every box to be checked before shipping and because they wanted to be faster they short the phrase " ολα καλα " which means "everything is fine" to O.K. ...... Check that vox
Patthew Savants
Patthew Savants Kun oldin
dat part
Carlos Valencia
Carlos Valencia Kun oldin
Rossana Parejo
Rossana Parejo Kun oldin
I learned this from the movie " Silver Linings playbook"
The Ok Church
The Ok Church Kun oldin
Dark Modern
Dark Modern Kun oldin
Nope, its an american term we gained from native american linguistics, like lasso. It derives from the shortened word "hokay" You can see it in Mark Twain. Its from the Oklahoma region of tribes, along with Heya/Heyahoka which became "Hey" over the years. I wouldnt be suprised if the news articles you sourced were published by people eager to anglicize mative american culture that was too indelible to eradicate. Early truthspeak.
turquoise770 2 kun oldin
Victor Mançur
Victor Mançur 2 kun oldin
How can I help with subtitles? I'm from Brazil and I love this channel, but I can't share with my friends or the community 'cause most Brazilians doesn't know English.
Rana Ram
Rana Ram 2 kun oldin
Ok Jaanu 😁
Aiden Banana
Aiden Banana 2 kun oldin
its_a_trab 2 kun oldin
Fun fact, we say ok in dutch too. Idk about other languages but we say it in holland
Anonymous 2 kun oldin
Marshall Zane
Marshall Zane 2 kun oldin
Weird flex but *oll korrect*
Carleigh The toad
Carleigh The toad 2 kun oldin
4ftershock 2 kun oldin
An "O" is 3 dashes, not 2 dots.
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Well, the Bloods replace their C's to B's and the Crips change their B's to C's. Trying to remember that would drive me brazy.
Mighty Hacker
Mighty Hacker 2 kun oldin
Ok this is epic
alex leon
alex leon 2 kun oldin
John Borden
John Borden 2 kun oldin
You mean to tell me that cheeky hipsters from Boston started all of this?
KUUDA 2 kun oldin
AbOoOd 1221
AbOoOd 1221 2 kun oldin
Why we say why
Sabrina M
Sabrina M 2 kun oldin
Michal Nemecek
Michal Nemecek 3 kun oldin
I thought OK came from Of Course (K because Course is pronounced with a K sound)
Michal Nemecek
Michal Nemecek 3 kun oldin
I thought OK came from Of Course (K because Course is pronounced with a K sound
Mushroom of Misfortune
All Correct = Oll Korrect = Okay = Ok = k (Thus I give Thee evolution)
Morgan James
Morgan James 3 kun oldin
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me llamo Jeff 3 kun oldin
Nick Slayr Music
Nick Slayr Music 3 kun oldin
JesusLемus 3 kun oldin
Bobby Robles
Bobby Robles 3 kun oldin
I’m Bored
I’m Bored 3 kun oldin
During this video I kept saying ok 😂💀🤷‍♀️
Cerise Min
Cerise Min 3 kun oldin
Why okay?
dddaizy 3 kun oldin
0:04 goddamn it
Omar Cruz
Omar Cruz 3 kun oldin
SeeingFire 3 kun oldin
ɢᴀʟᴀxʏ ɢᴀᴍɪɴɢ :3
When my Mom calls me Me: Hello....yes Me: Ok Me: Ok Me: Ok Me: Ok Me: Ok Me: Ok Me: Bye
Gabriela Glennda
Gabriela Glennda 4 kun oldin
no wonder the Kardashian gains all the attention
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Actually it originates from the British and the Greeks when doing trade, the Greeks would write OK on cargo boxes (short for Όλα Καλά = Óla Kalá= all good/ everything is good- indirect translation ). The British obviously read it O-K and that’s how the abréviation was born.
Giovanni Striano
Giovanni Striano 4 kun oldin
Weird flex but ok
Brendan Sullivan
Brendan Sullivan 4 kun oldin
you had the chance to end the video with "OK guys cut it out" and u missed it
Billion EP Purba
Billion EP Purba 4 kun oldin
It infuriates me how you guys didn't include the reference of "Ok" in the fault in our Stars.
kenry landers
kenry landers 4 kun oldin
weird flex, but *ok*
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Willyosk 777
Willyosk 777 4 kun oldin
Lazy Roll
Lazy Roll 4 kun oldin
Sally Shoaf
Sally Shoaf 4 kun oldin
So basically the popularization of OK has to do with a r/fellowkids
Noah L
Noah L 4 kun oldin
Ok not okay
That Guy
That Guy 4 kun oldin
0:16 Wow. I literally can't believe Vox thinks the OK hand sign is ok. It's aactually a white supremacist literally hitler hand sign. Jail anyone that replies to this
Crochet With Ayden
Crochet With Ayden 4 kun oldin
Isn’t it annoying when people comment the same thing as you and they get thousands of likes and you get none?
This Girl
This Girl 4 kun oldin
Banana Are Awesome
Banana Are Awesome 4 kun oldin
I thought it was for okay
Justin H
Justin H 4 kun oldin
Whenever you go to a website, if the page loads the server returned a "200 OK" HTTP Status code. So even computers say "OK."
Zach Kaiell
Zach Kaiell 4 kun oldin
Worst pet shop. ever.
tobzmiyagi 4 kun oldin
I don't buy it
gucci squidward
gucci squidward 4 kun oldin
I thought it was a short version of okay
G. B.
G. B. 4 kun oldin
Micha chahta anumpa anumpoli li :-) I speak Choctaw. Chahta sia hoke. I am Choctaw. Ok is a Choctaw word.
painedumonde 4 kun oldin
Jason Randolph
Jason Randolph 5 kun oldin
Mortal Kombat
MysticBlast3r26 5 kun oldin
this is so sad, *alexa* play despacito *ok*
Abhay Nadayil
Abhay Nadayil 5 kun oldin
Ok Jaanu
Shriya Sista
Shriya Sista 5 kun oldin
Haiyan Karbelkar
Haiyan Karbelkar 5 kun oldin
The video was ok
30secondstomarsMBH 5 kun oldin
And now we just say K. I love humanity sometimes!!!!
Padsy Waps
Padsy Waps 5 kun oldin
Rahul Balan
Rahul Balan 5 kun oldin
So when did we start adding "ay" to "ok"?
Thieving Peppers
Thieving Peppers 5 kun oldin
The meme that will never die
Autumn's Child
Autumn's Child 5 kun oldin
But like... I screamed when Gerard said Okay 😝
Rishi Patel
Rishi Patel 5 kun oldin
Rishi Patel
Rishi Patel 5 kun oldin
The Boy’s Club
The Boy’s Club 5 kun oldin
CXLE 5 kun oldin
Crazy that this company was made by a literal white supremacist
Charles Mcdermid
Charles Mcdermid 5 kun oldin
I always spell it okay