Why we say “OK”

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    How a cheesy joke from the 1830s became the most widely spoken word in the world.
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    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.
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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

2 months ago
ion
ion

Ok

10 days ago
VaanDamn E.
VaanDamn E.

I think Vox got the Morse Code wrong. A quick search shows that "O" is "..." not ".." at 2:44 can you double check?

29 days ago
Mikrofonlar Kralarına Cevaplar
Mikrofonlar Kralarına Cevaplar

+nikos papadopoulos Turks are ancestors of Anglosaxons, Bulgarians, Hungarians.. . Black or Blue eyed black, blond and red haired warrior nation aiming to establish a one/a world state coming from East and Middle Asia rolling into all Europe, Scandinavia, Britain.. carrying their linguistic ancestary too: Attila and Mete Khans are key historical figures to meet the link. .. Nevertheless more than %50 Finnish vocabulary where being of Turkish language origin, especially many English words are considerably or very directly are same or their structures are of same consonants. As for German.. their history includes an era of defness and thonglesness. So they articulating the words with more hardship asin much strongness or strength.. where also word variations are more and with much of spree from the authentic Asian backgrounds (Asian Turkish) in comparison to the English. .. I know Turkish and English.. and can easily see the linguistic characteristics intersections in their authentic progeny and what we read in history thar took place with the actions of Attila and Mete Khans explain the how, why questionaries.. and terms are easily explicit to those are well educated in history and structures of langusges issues. Even today.. the vowels at times driving some into hardship, especially those who are not aware of the authentic stances of English and Turkish, about comprehension/configuring of the very same wordalites of the two languages. And for sure there is an issue of rule of change of articulations and meaning variations as one issue at first fir many academicians.. but.. though even in 70s these rules have been written are cited in encyclopedias.. (like Larousse) the cultural exploitation age has not left a place or time for these serious realities be seen by most. The postmodern age is destroying the reality of all humanity along with healthy sex stances, concept of family, ecosystems, cultures.. thar us not a surprise one to get overwhelmed by hearing the English-German-Bulgarian-Turk relations be it by ancestory or linguistically.

Month ago
83jwilson
83jwilson

Vox Your Morse code was a bit off...

Month ago
GGalaxySnip Galactic
GGalaxySnip Galactic

O.W

35 minutes ago
Willyosk 777
Willyosk 777

k

4 hours ago
Lazy Roll
Lazy Roll

ok.

5 hours ago
Sally Shoaf
Sally Shoaf

So basically the popularization of OK has to do with a r/fellowkids

7 hours ago
Noah L
Noah L

Ok not okay

7 hours ago
That Guy
That Guy

0:16 Wow. I literally can't believe Vox thinks the OK hand sign is ok. It's aactually a white supremacist literally hitler hand sign. Jail anyone that replies to this

8 hours ago
Crochet With Ayden
Crochet With Ayden

Isn’t it annoying when people comment the same thing as you and they get thousands of likes and you get none?

8 hours ago
This Girl
This Girl

Ok

14 hours ago
Banana Are Awesome
Banana Are Awesome

I thought it was for okay

14 hours ago
Justin H
Justin H

Whenever you go to a website, if the page loads the server returned a "200 OK" HTTP Status code. So even computers say "OK."

15 hours ago
Zach Kaiell
Zach Kaiell

Worst pet shop. ever.

16 hours ago
tobzmiyagi
tobzmiyagi

I don't buy it

16 hours ago
gucci squidward
gucci squidward

I thought it was a short version of okay

17 hours ago
G. B.
G. B.

Micha chahta anumpa anumpoli li :-) I speak Choctaw. Chahta sia hoke. I am Choctaw. Ok is a Choctaw word.

19 hours ago
painedumonde
painedumonde

So AOK?

19 hours ago
Jason Randolph
Jason Randolph

Mortal Kombat

21 hour ago
MysticBlast3r26
MysticBlast3r26

this is so sad, *alexa* play despacito *ok*

22 hours ago
Abhay Nadayil
Abhay Nadayil

Ok Jaanu

22 hours ago
Shriya Sista
Shriya Sista

K

23 hours ago
Haiyan Karbelkar
Haiyan Karbelkar

The video was ok

Day ago
30secondstomarsMBH
30secondstomarsMBH

And now we just say K. I love humanity sometimes!!!!

Day ago
Padsy Waps
Padsy Waps

k

Day ago
Rahul Balan
Rahul Balan

So when did we start adding "ay" to "ok"?

Day ago
Thieving Peppers
Thieving Peppers

The meme that will never die

Day ago
Autumn's Child
Autumn's Child

But like... I screamed when Gerard said Okay 😝

Day ago
Rishi Patel
Rishi Patel

Ayeee

Day ago
Rishi Patel
Rishi Patel

Ok

Day ago
The Boy’s Club
The Boy’s Club

Ok

Day ago
CXLE
CXLE

Crazy that this company was made by a literal white supremacist

Day ago
Charles Mcdermid
Charles Mcdermid

I always spell it okay

Day ago
Dorian Emin-Jeong
Dorian Emin-Jeong

k

Day ago
pandaroc1
pandaroc1

Okkkk 🤷🏽‍♂️

Day ago
deathcamel
deathcamel

Worst pet shop. Ever.

Day ago
-Gemberkoekje-
-Gemberkoekje-

I thought It was "Are you walking Annie"

Day ago
-Gemberkoekje-
-Gemberkoekje-

Ok

Day ago
Grecia Urcadiz
Grecia Urcadiz

OKURRRR

Day ago
ReachSkyla
ReachSkyla

No one punch man reference?

Day ago
ReachSkyla
ReachSkyla

The strongest meme in history

Day ago
Tami Cohen
Tami Cohen

Krusty Krab

Day ago
Stephen Shields
Stephen Shields

We did not go to the moon

Day ago
BrazenBullXXX
BrazenBullXXX

Memes live forever.

2 days ago
Mrs. Hi
Mrs. Hi

OK, thanks,

2 days ago
Dude Gamers
Dude Gamers

Ok

2 days ago
Anonymous 123
Anonymous 123

Of course it was in Boston

2 days ago
mysterious blue guy
mysterious blue guy

me: weird flex but -ok- _oll korrect_

2 days ago
Mike Limon
Mike Limon

*Okay*

2 days ago
12
12

ok

2 days ago
TriplM
TriplM

Ok then

2 days ago
Bubb a
Bubb a

Ok

2 days ago
Clement
Clement

So it all came from a meme in the 1800s? The power of memes yall

2 days ago
Jason Perez
Jason Perez

Weird flex but ok

2 days ago
Michelle Cannes
Michelle Cannes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW1aX0IbZOE "Okey"

2 days ago
Kieroni Reikets
Kieroni Reikets

This has made me suffer from semantic saturation.

2 days ago
Hanson
Hanson

ok

2 days ago
Daria Wells
Daria Wells

Using Stella as an example = amazeballs.

2 days ago
unpopular opinion
unpopular opinion

0:17 got em lmao

2 days ago
WerewolfGaming
WerewolfGaming

3:18 ERRR What do you mean boi it goes .abcdefghijKlmnopqrstuvwxyz???

2 days ago
Freakified Roblox
Freakified Roblox

k

2 days ago
søra Áo Subliміпаls
søra Áo Subliміпаls

Ok but why are people spelling an abbreviation like this: Okay.

3 days ago
nobody
nobody

Ok

3 days ago
animatorsglory
animatorsglory

I thought okay meant all right I have not finished video but the way.

3 days ago
the DEFAVLT gamer
the DEFAVLT gamer

Ok

3 days ago
Bm 12345
Bm 12345

OK

3 days ago
Nikolaj Sommer
Nikolaj Sommer

Ok.

3 days ago
Saurabh Singh Sengar
Saurabh Singh Sengar

Ok i get it..

3 days ago
soulassassin0g
soulassassin0g

I try my hardest to not say that word because I realized I say it way too much.

3 days ago
Petrichor Weather
Petrichor Weather

The Im not okay Bit tho-

3 days ago
Dylan Baer
Dylan Baer

Ok

3 days ago
-1 Subscriber
-1 Subscriber

Your mum gay Know Yuse

3 days ago
ok
ok

Ok.

3 days ago
Memeo
Memeo

k

3 days ago
Oleg
Oleg

kc guys

3 days ago
Oleg
Oleg

3:44 like ku klux klan ok I'll just leave now

3 days ago
adil4918
adil4918

Lol, my parents called me and I said ok I barely remember saying it!😂

3 days ago
Mary Winter
Mary Winter

Hopefully, yeet will be the most used word in 2100.

3 days ago
MarkoTheRussian
MarkoTheRussian

Ok

3 days ago
dust ranger
dust ranger

oh, no no, I'm not okay

3 days ago
dust ranger
dust ranger

my emo heart tho

3 days ago
bandtrash *
bandtrash *

(I Promise)

3 days ago
Eli C
Eli C

*Okay*

4 days ago
TheGreenFreak
TheGreenFreak

I thought the guy who said *ok* would pop up...

4 days ago
Zero Two
Zero Two

Ok.

4 days ago
Blueberry Delight
Blueberry Delight

Ok

4 days ago
MΔTΔN KΔRP
MΔTΔN KΔRP

4:25 I love you

4 days ago
Dwaaling
Dwaaling

4:26 is that a wild boyle???

4 days ago
Peter DeMoor
Peter DeMoor

Intro woke up my cat and I don't have a cat

4 days ago
HebaruSan
HebaruSan

Horrifying. I refuse to continue using a word with such a dumb origin.

4 days ago
Marshall Hodge
Marshall Hodge

When did the extra “ay” at the end of “okay” come into play and why?

4 days ago
Uiros Rios
Uiros Rios

Because OK pronounced like "okay", i guess

4 days ago
Unoriginal Couch
Unoriginal Couch

ok

4 days ago
人テヒョンの恋
人テヒョンの恋

now everytime i'll hear ok i'll remember this

4 days ago
Namjoon Fe
Namjoon Fe

Okay

4 days ago
Elise Hovland
Elise Hovland

ok

4 days ago
Shyness: a lifestyle
Shyness: a lifestyle

I havent been an emo for like a year and Im not ok at the beginning really got me hahah

4 days ago
TeamXhussam
TeamXhussam

ok so?

4 days ago
Mahi
Mahi

"K"ardashian

4 days ago
PuteraHazim99
PuteraHazim99

In year 3050 there will a video that say why we say LOL

4 days ago
Ahilan R
Ahilan R

OK

5 days ago
areyounuts
areyounuts

so this is where the kardashians kame from

5 days ago
Lisa Grey
Lisa Grey

The Krusty Krab Mr. Krabs really knows his stuff

5 days ago
Maniac Says
Maniac Says

I thought OK meant OBJECTION KILLED?

5 days ago

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