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 1 hafta 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

  • Harlequin Ely
    Harlequin Ely 6 dakika önce

    Then why the superfluous use of the word "Okay" as the formal use... I always just assumed Ok was just a simply written form for the word playing on its phonetic sound

  • mY tEa iS SugAr FrEE
    mY tEa iS SugAr FrEE 18 dakika önce

    Where did this come from

  • SuJu_Mimi
    SuJu_Mimi 24 dakika önce


  • J. Spike
    J. Spike 27 dakika önce


  • aSwaggySquirrel
    aSwaggySquirrel 40 dakika önce


  • Jose Rojas
    Jose Rojas 42 dakika önce

    Well, I also just learned there are different morse code alphabets...

  • Wesley Anne
    Wesley Anne 1 saat önce


  • Filippo Sala
    Filippo Sala 1 saat önce

    Cracked explained this ages ago waaay before they became cucked.

  • RIN SuGaR
    RIN SuGaR 1 saat önce

    We’re weird

  • spherical cuboid
    spherical cuboid 1 saat önce

    I just typed ok in youtube because I was bored

  • Kevin
    Kevin 1 saat önce

    OHH. Ok

  • Kevin
    Kevin 1 saat önce

    I thought that the MJ song said "Are you Wonky Ellie" now it makes sense

  • Adrix
    Adrix 1 saat önce


  • Joel Wateres-muddy
    Joel Wateres-muddy 1 saat önce

    Well I guess it’s ok 👌

  • Gryffin Hatlberg
    Gryffin Hatlberg 2 saat önce


  • Kai Santanna
    Kai Santanna 2 saat önce


  • Pluk
    Pluk 2 saat önce

    So it should of been AC

  • Stephen Fairbanks
    Stephen Fairbanks 2 saat önce

    Ol korrect nah aw we?

  • Pluk
    Pluk 2 saat önce


  • Stephen Fairbanks
    Stephen Fairbanks 2 saat önce

    I like the nostalgic historical information 👍

  • Trash y
    Trash y 2 saat önce

    Ok but nobody is talking about the My Chemical Romance song in the beginning

    just let your inner emo shine

  • Another Meme Passing By


  • Brianna Pollard
    Brianna Pollard 3 saat önce

    The whole K thing makes me think about the Kardashians...Shane, get on this conspiracy

  • Funkadilla
    Funkadilla 3 saat önce


  • beef noodles
    beef noodles 4 saat önce


  • ryan fire
    ryan fire 4 saat önce


  • Make Homer something, something

    So technically saying the word okay is not correct.

  • Mark the Demystifier
    Mark the Demystifier 4 saat önce

    Kwiz Nite

  • LulitaInPita
    LulitaInPita 4 saat önce

    Are religions memes?

  • LulitaInPita
    LulitaInPita 4 saat önce

    The origins of OK is really kool!
    I was always told that it came from a short confirmation of "zero killed" in troop count reports in WWII, meaning that all the soldiers who went on a specific mission returned home okay.
    I never tried to confirm or disprove it, so I guess I just accepted it as fact.

  • Lord Biffus
    Lord Biffus 5 saat önce

    It wasn't a corny joke. It was a MEME!

  • Rainyciin
    Rainyciin 5 saat önce


  • SankyOkay
    SankyOkay 5 saat önce


  • TakeOTW
    TakeOTW 5 saat önce

    Trump 2020 OK

  • Miguelv Sayol
    Miguelv Sayol 5 saat önce

    Here's a fun drinking game, Take a shot for every time they say ok

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  • Neimsterdam
    Neimsterdam 6 saat önce


  • Jose Milian
    Jose Milian 6 saat önce


  • David Hauzel
    David Hauzel 6 saat önce

    Ok computer