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 4 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

  • Rubin Chavarria
    Rubin Chavarria 7 saat önce

    I mean .. ok I guess

  • Rurouni005
    Rurouni005 7 saat önce

    I love that Strongbad was used in this. Real og

  • iamthefirsttosecond
    iamthefirsttosecond 12 saat önce


  • Connor Student
    Connor Student 16 saat önce

    Kraft was just the last name of the company's founder.

  • Völundr Frey
    Völundr Frey 19 saat önce

    So where did the spelling "okay" come from?

  • Patrick Hodson
    Patrick Hodson 22 saat önce

    OK is OLL KORRECT!!!

  • Marsel Monro
    Marsel Monro 1 gün önce

    Weird flex but •• -•-

  • Majek temmy
    Majek temmy 1 gün önce

    "Alright guys, cut it out" Lol

  • Za Ra
    Za Ra 1 gün önce

    Is that why the Kardashian’s names start with a K?

  • Arlen Manders
    Arlen Manders 1 gün önce

    I did a OK study in college found several historical origins. No one can take claim to it. Its ancient.

  • sir monsieur
    sir monsieur 1 gün önce

    the letter C mad asl right now

  • Seraaron
    Seraaron 1 gün önce

    Ok but why do some people spell it 'okay'?

  • 808JOKER
    808JOKER 1 gün önce


  • Zah Raz
    Zah Raz 2 gün önce

    I live in Iraq and people use it here as a part of slang. And I didn't expect it to be used so often.

  • fiscaljoy
    fiscaljoy 2 gün önce


  • alexander5
    alexander5 2 gün önce

    knock out

  • alexander5
    alexander5 2 gün önce


  • Char10tti3
    Char10tti3 2 gün önce


  • Shiny Paint
    Shiny Paint 2 gün önce

    Oke: I'M NOT OK

  • Ponemah Elementary
    Ponemah Elementary 3 gün önce

    Okie Diddly Okie

  • Leo g
    Leo g 3 gün önce

    Always thought it meant oll klear - All clear.

  • James Patton
    James Patton 3 gün önce

    Is it Okay? Or OK?

  • vxCece15xv
    vxCece15xv 3 gün önce

    When correct was spelled with a K... why did we change it though?

  • Lil'Monki
    Lil'Monki 4 gün önce

    Ola kala (greek) = all good :)

  • Unknown Music
    Unknown Music 4 gün önce


  • Trung Nguyen
    Trung Nguyen 4 gün önce

    I feel attacked

  • StrivingFor Mindfulness

    1830s hipsters started it. OK. 😂 👌🏻

  • Nethu
    Nethu 5 gün önce

    I can't swim
    I can't dance and i don't know karate
    Face it we got that feeling suddenly after seeing them...

  • Nethu
    Nethu 5 gün önce

    Oh god
    Did i just see mcr
    After all this time...

  • robby
    robby 5 gün önce

    but where did the ok hand sing come from

  • Baek's smile, My life
    Baek's smile, My life 5 gün önce

    Ok 👍

  • Diego Huijbregts
    Diego Huijbregts 5 gün önce

    My guess was "Oll Klear"

  • Yuuki Kuroutarou
    Yuuki Kuroutarou 5 gün önce

    If you think about it, the word OK can trace itself to the Scandinavian languages, in the word ok (pronounced oo-kuh) which means the same thing.

  • Trixie von Mothersbaugh

    Nice clip of the Stella shorts. Pretty obscure stuff. Awesome!

  • DeadBait
    DeadBait 5 gün önce

    Is the k in ok suppose to be capital or lowercase, I use a certain keyboard with a font I like but it always capitalizes the k in ok and its a bother to fix it 😕

  • Sbeth85
    Sbeth85 5 gün önce

    You didn't address why it started off as "oll korrect" instead of "all correct." Why isn't OK actually AC?

  • Greg Dundee
    Greg Dundee 5 gün önce