Why we say “OK”

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  • How a cheesy joke from the 1830s became the most widely spoken word in the world. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO 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. Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com. Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o Or Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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  • Vox
    Vox 2 ay önce

    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

  • ihatescreennames89
    ihatescreennames89 Biraz önce

    Bet it's because of something racist. Where was the trigger warning?

  • The Robot 13
    The Robot 13 1 saat önce

    Ok then!

  • Luke Lewis
    Luke Lewis 3 saat önce


  • Crush Soda
    Crush Soda 4 saat önce

    wierd flex but “oll korrect”.

  • Throathead
    Throathead 6 saat önce

    okay then

  • bamcki
    bamcki 8 saat önce


  • Boom Boom Pow
    Boom Boom Pow 10 saat önce

    Moon landing was faKed..... oK!!

  • Brandanax Niculene YT
    Brandanax Niculene YT 12 saat önce


  • sp ts
    sp ts 14 saat önce

    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 15 saat önce

    dat part

  • Carlos Valencia
    Carlos Valencia 15 saat önce


  • Rossana Parejo
    Rossana Parejo 16 saat önce

    I learned this from the movie " Silver Linings playbook"

  • The Ok Church
    The Ok Church 16 saat önce


  • Dark Modern
    Dark Modern 22 saat önce

    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
    turquoise770 1 gün önce


  • Victor Mançur
    Victor Mançur 1 gün önce

    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 1 gün önce

    Ok Jaanu

  • Aiden Banana
    Aiden Banana 1 gün önce


  • its_a_trab
    its_a_trab 1 gün önce

    Fun fact, we say ok in dutch too. Idk about other languages but we say it in holland

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 1 gün önce


  • Marshall Zane
    Marshall Zane 1 gün önce

    Weird flex but oll korrect

  • Carleigh The toad
    Carleigh The toad 1 gün önce


  • 4ftershock
    4ftershock 1 gün önce

    An "O" is 3 dashes, not 2 dots.

  • Aꙅꙅ dAↄkwAᴙbꙅ

    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 1 gün önce

    Ok this is epic

  • alex leon
    alex leon 1 gün önce


  • John Borden
    John Borden 1 gün önce

    You mean to tell me that cheeky hipsters from Boston started all of this?

    KUUDA 2 gün önce


  • AbOoOd 1221
    AbOoOd 1221 2 gün önce

    Why we say why

  • Sabrina M
    Sabrina M 2 gün önce


  • Michal Nemecek
    Michal Nemecek 2 gün önce

    I thought OK came from Of Course (K because Course is pronounced with a K sound)

  • Michal Nemecek
    Michal Nemecek 2 gün önce

    I thought OK came from Of Course (K because Course is pronounced with a K sound

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  • Mushroom of Misfortune
    Mushroom of Misfortune 2 gün önce

    All Correct = Oll Korrect = Okay = Ok = k

    (Thus I give Thee evolution)

  • Morgan James
    Morgan James 2 gün önce


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    Bobby Robles 2 gün önce