The abbreviation OK is recognized as the most popular wordon the planet. It is present in this or that modification practically in all languages of the world and besides it is an integral part of the interface of computer programs.
However, the origin of this capacious and polysemantic word to this day remains a mystery to researchers.
History of occurrence
The word OK was born in English moreA hundred and fifty years ago, and there is still no consensus on its origin. In total, there are about twenty different variants of its occurrence, but only a couple of them are similar to the truth.
One of the most common versions says,That in the 1830s in Boston there were all sorts of humorous cuts and deliberate distortions of words, in particular "oll korrect" (instead of "all correct"). From here supposedly the abbreviation O.K.
Another legend tells about the pre-electionCampaign of 1840 by US President Martin Van Buren. He was a native of the town of Kinderhook and chose the pseudonym Old Kinderhook. His slogan was as follows: "Old Kinderhook is O.K."
According to another, similar hypothesis, the presidentAndrew Jackson was illiterate and wrote as he heard: instead of "all correct" - "oll korrekt". However, this hypothesis is based mainly on gossip and rumors.
Officially the day of the appearance of the abbreviation OK is considered March 23, 1839.
Be that as it may, at the beginning of the twentieth centuryThe abbreviation began to gain popularity and ceased to be a slang distortion like the current "preve". The word OK began to flash in business correspondence, its use ceased to be something shameful. After a couple of decades, it was borrowed by many other languages.
Also up until the 60s of the XX century there wereThe opinion that the word OK may come from the language of the indigenous American people Choctaw. Until 1961 this version was followed and compilers of a number of authoritative dictionaries, including Webster's Dictionary.
Professor of English and author of the book "OK. The Incredible History of America's Greatest Word "Allan Metcalfe believes that if it is not possible to establish the origin of the word OK correctly, every people has the right to believe that it has roots in its language.
Some Oklahoma residents still believe that OK is just a shortcut to the name of their native state.
Indeed, there are a great many so-called folklore versions of the origin of this capacious abbreviation.
The French believe that it originated from the South-French dialects: in the Occitan and in the Gascon dialect, the "oc" means "yes", "good".
The Greeks believe that OK is a shortening of the expression Ola Kala ("All is well"), used in the US by Greek sailors and rake loaders.
According to the German version, OK stands for "ohne Korrektur" - "without amendments": this mark was set by German proofreaders on articles going to the press.