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 6 kun 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
Alexandough Bleezy
Alexandough Bleezy 5 soat oldin
Ok. Loved the Donny Darko clip. Ok.
World Famous Coon Barak "Uncle Tom" Obama
(((Vox))) = garbage propaganda
Jess Stuart
Jess Stuart 14 soat oldin
At 2:40 What code is this? This isn't morse code because... 'C' in morse code is dash-dot-dash-dot (-.-.) and 'O' is dot-dot-dot (...). Morse came up with his code in 1837. I'm thinking this is an early competing code that died out. This probably isn't the best example to use for a video. Editors, do your homework next time!
SigmaTV 16 soat oldin
I always thought it came from the Civil War one
Timothy Challenger
Timothy Challenger 18 soat oldin
Why not?
Greg Huffman
Greg Huffman 2 soat oldin
4:10 Vox is promoting white supremacist imagery!
- Kkk
- Kkk 3 soat oldin
0:18 white power
Top Hat
Top Hat 3 soat oldin
Drklech 3 soat oldin
3:47 you forgot Mortal Kombat
Pee 3 soat oldin
who cares
corey milkysocks
corey milkysocks 3 soat oldin
Jon Kentucky
Jon Kentucky 4 soat oldin
because the hand sign is racist that's why we SAY it...........duuuhhhhh
M Smith
M Smith 4 soat oldin
Now do "Cool".
Newton Games
Newton Games 4 soat oldin
Mortal Kombat
André Porto
André Porto 4 soat oldin
velkoon 4 soat oldin
Pause @ 4:49 ... Uh... Why is a pet shop selling chicken fingers??? That is NOT OK.
velkoon 4 soat oldin
0:16 W hite power
John Wolfenden
John Wolfenden 4 soat oldin
SarcastTM 5 soat oldin
Geraldine Thomas
Geraldine Thomas 5 soat oldin
wow, ok!
Doug Rudolph
Doug Rudolph 5 soat oldin
"yee" is on the come up
Treestaars 5 soat oldin
okay, this is epic
Corrado Agricola
Corrado Agricola 5 soat oldin
Ok now I understand
A Random Black Hole
A Random Black Hole 5 soat oldin
LightningGSP 6 soat oldin
But here's the thing, does it really matter
wjadam024 6 soat oldin
Nicer than F.U. but universally more accepted.
Tc 6 soat oldin
oh i don't need to know any of this but kc. Oh, I mean ow. I mean ok!
David Torpey
David Torpey 7 soat oldin
Contact light was the first words spoken on the moon, not ok.
Spring Chik
Spring Chik 7 soat oldin
okalie dokalie OK city OK ok? OK
huh? 7 soat oldin
oll korrect
Stefan Ginev
Stefan Ginev 7 soat oldin
Oh. OK.
LP Games CH
LP Games CH 7 soat oldin
ok thanks
Apple Jews
Apple Jews 7 soat oldin
Chad from SNL: Okay
Haylee Lamb
Haylee Lamb 8 soat oldin
4:11 Gottem 🤫
ssbrosking36 8 soat oldin
Hossamism1 8 soat oldin
Throughout this video, the word "OK" was said 47 times and transmitted through telegraph once, the word "Oke" was said once, and the phrase "Oll Korrect" was said thrice
Raenee 8 soat oldin
Liked ten seconds into the video bc of MCR
Alejandro Gonzalez
Alejandro Gonzalez 8 soat oldin
Then LOL will be something completely standard in 2218
Harry Pearle
Harry Pearle 8 soat oldin
This is AOK! Thanks for the background history. It seems to me that communication is strongly dependent on CATCHWORDS Robert L. Stevenson said that "Man is a creature who lives not upon bread, alone, but primarily on CATCHWORDS. With words like OK, we can sometimes communicate, faster and better. THANKS Much Harry
Larry Stevens
Larry Stevens 8 soat oldin
"..." is not C in Morse Code. It's S.
Chia Grey
Chia Grey 8 soat oldin
Ok cool
Carlos Quiroz
Carlos Quiroz 9 soat oldin
huh, that's a lot like how young intellectual native Spanish speaker will purposely mispronounce their Spanish really badly with an English accent.
Akhyar Rayhka
Akhyar Rayhka 9 soat oldin
LeeAnn CoolCat
LeeAnn CoolCat 9 soat oldin
So when and why did it adopt the alternate spelling “okay”? Why do some people spell it “okay” or “ok” ?
CarolineSisk 9 soat oldin
Was that Charles Boyle?
Valpas Kankaristo
Valpas Kankaristo 9 soat oldin
Avi Mathur
Avi Mathur 9 soat oldin
Where's the clip at 4:25 from? Doesn't look like a mainstream movie and neither have I ever heard its name
phajthoj 9 soat oldin
Girl turns to me and says "hi" Me: Ok
Tomek_PL 10 soat oldin
As far as i know OK was at first a hand sign, that meant 0 Killed. It was used during a civil war. It evolved then from a hand gesture to OK. Then ppl forgot that it meant zero kills and used it as sth good.
CaptainSilva 10 soat oldin
SC Styles
SC Styles 10 soat oldin
Bradley Cooper already told me why.
I regret my name
I regret my name 10 soat oldin
2:40 I don't know where you got that alphabet from but, it's not the correct one... For example "ok" is actually this combination : --- -.-
Eiad Alkhayat
Eiad Alkhayat 10 soat oldin
we say ok to ok
Macedonian Videos
Macedonian Videos 11 soat oldin
My english teacher was saying that OK meadn 0 killed adn it was ussed in the dark ages whenever there was a war and no men weere killed they wuld say OK
10'000 subs without any videos challenge :3
This video was ok
Robert Mendivil
Robert Mendivil 11 soat oldin
Funny how the Most common initial letters, English has Taos at the beginning.
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gargamel55 11 soat oldin
But what about "Mmmkay"?
whatever 11 soat oldin
That's still a visual strategy: We see K represented in modern corporate logos. *Keeping up with the Kardashians*
wolfdwarf 12 soat oldin
oak nuggins.
claire 12 soat oldin
What about the work “okay”? Is that simply just a phonic spelling of OK?
David Bird
David Bird 13 soat oldin
Lol nice
Nocturnal 13 soat oldin
Security Guard
Security Guard 13 soat oldin
Ok originates from the vine
Joey Estacado
Joey Estacado 13 soat oldin
Marek Kumitsu
Marek Kumitsu 13 soat oldin
huj juz mnie nie swendzi
Amit Sharma
Amit Sharma 13 soat oldin
no one does 'K' better than eKta Kapoor!
Exotrix 13 soat oldin
I use K not Ok
Andrew Rice
Andrew Rice 13 soat oldin
So what is the origin of adding "ay" to ok?
WikiTool 13 soat oldin
Try to say 'Oll Korrect" for a day instead of ok
Hades 14 soat oldin
Americans destroying the English language since 1776
Aziz Nomad
Aziz Nomad 14 soat oldin
It was ,, All Consider,,. But OK came from Russian ,,Ochen Khorosho,, means ,,very good,,. Story goes to the civil war time....
good 14 soat oldin
AceOfROMs 14 soat oldin
Can we bring back KC tho?
ricardofff93 14 soat oldin
Okey~ -Ness
Sarcalogos Tortolero
Sarcalogos Tortolero 14 soat oldin
So ok was what happens when normies get a hold of slang
The.Salty.Sarlacc 15 soat oldin
It's funny b/c I have the last name "Okray" and ppl have tried pronouncing it like "Oxray" "OcRay" and I'm like "It's OK with an R" 😂
Nafehur Rahman Khan
Nafehur Rahman Khan 15 soat oldin
Xavier Armstrong
Xavier Armstrong 15 soat oldin
So "ok" is just a really outdated meme.......ok then
Bose-Einstein 15 soat oldin
But when did 'ok' become 'okay'?
Bose-Einstein 15 soat oldin
Martin Larsson
Martin Larsson 15 soat oldin
Didn't they mention this in Silver lining playbook?
serving vengeance
serving vengeance 15 soat oldin
another common use of incorrect K is in Ku Klux Klan.
adan alvarado
adan alvarado 15 soat oldin
Juggy Dude
Juggy Dude 15 soat oldin
Subin Shrestha
Subin Shrestha 16 soat oldin
baerleon 16 soat oldin
My entire life is a lie.
john dev james
john dev james 16 soat oldin
black people created the word "O.K"
Niki 9ine
Niki 9ine 16 soat oldin
Jon Pascal Miklavcic
Jon Pascal Miklavcic 16 soat oldin
I thought it was from the war when they reported that no one was killed and said OK (0 (zero) killed)
Alfred Merza
Alfred Merza 17 soat oldin
So a really old meme?
Remi Ramos
Remi Ramos 17 soat oldin
Oh OK.
ButtahscotchKisses 17 soat oldin
Always wanted to know where the word swell came from.
Liza Anual
Liza Anual 17 soat oldin
Sigh.. 1830s youth
Miss Judacia
Miss Judacia 17 soat oldin
This exposé has shown ok to be a vulgar American abbreviation that lacks good English language skills and should be avoided
Peter Brülls
Peter Brülls 17 soat oldin
“Kraft” seems to be a bad example, as the name is clearly based on the founders’ name, high happened to be “kraft”.
Yoav Golan
Yoav Golan 17 soat oldin
What is this movie Stella from 2007? ☺️☺️ Can’t find it… And I need it!
Kevin Barr
Kevin Barr 17 soat oldin
Thank you for not making another I hate Donald Trump vídeo... It gets annoying vox.. this kind of information I like
Aviv Aviv
Aviv Aviv 18 soat oldin
Zero kiled
Hans Solo
Hans Solo 18 soat oldin
So i guess it is AC to be wrong sometimes?Ollright then...
it memo
it memo 18 soat oldin
So OK just went viral !
Susan Zhang
Susan Zhang 19 soat oldin
abc def
abc def 19 soat oldin
Mortal kombat