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Origin of the word OK (okay)

The origin of the word OK (okay)

OK Abbreviation recognized as the most popular wordon the planet. It is present in varying modifications in virtually all languages, and also is an integral part of the interface software.

However, the origin of this capacious and ambiguous word to this day remains a mystery to researchers.

History of

The word OK was born in the English language moreone hundred and fifty years ago, and still there is no consensus about its origin. In total, there are about twenty different versions of its origin, but only a couple of them are similar to the truth.

One of the most common version reads,that in the 1830s in Boston in the course were all sorts of humorous cuts and deliberate distortion of words such as «oll korrect» (instead of «all correct»). It supposedly went abbreviation DC

Another legend tells of the electionCampaign 1840 US President Martin Van Buren. He was a native of the town Kinderhuk (Kinderhook) and chose the nickname Old Kinderhook. His slogan was as follows: «Old Kinderhook is O.K.».

According to another, similar hypothesis, the presidentAndrew Jackson had little education and wrote as heard: instead of «all correct» - «oll korrekt». However, this hypothesis is based mostly on gossip and hearsay.

Officially the day of occurrence abbreviations OK considered March 23, 1839.

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Whatever it was, at the beginning of the XX centurythe acronym has become increasingly popular and is no longer a distortion of slang like this, "hello." The word OK was flickering in business correspondence, its use has ceased to be something shameful. After a couple of decades, it has been borrowed from many other languages.

Also, up to 60-ies of XX century was commonthe view that the word OK can be derived from the language of the Native American Choctaw people. Before 1961, this version of the compilers and held a number of authoritative dictionaries, including Webster's Dictionary.

Folk versions

Professor of English and author of "OK. The incredible story of the greatest American speech "Allan Metcalf believes that as long as it is for certain the origin of the word OK is not possible, every nation has the right to assume that it is rooted precisely in its language.

Some residents of Oklahoma still believe that OK - only a reduction in the name of their home state.

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Indeed, there are a great many so-called folk versions of the origin of this capacious abbreviations.
The French believe that it was from the South French dialects: on Occitan language and Gascon dialect OK ( «oc») is "yes", "good".

The Greeks believe that OK - reducing expression Ola Kala ( «It's all right"), used in the United States, and Greek sailors handlers rails.

According to the German version, UC stands for «ohne Korrektur» - «without amendments": put a mark on the German proofreaders articles going to press.

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