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

4 months ago
sir monsieur
sir monsieur

+Mikrofonlar Kralarına Cevaplar cheeel 😂

2 days ago
saif haider
saif haider

By

8 days ago
Yay :D
Yay :D

OH KAY

19 days ago
the chad
the chad

Ok

Month ago
Eamonn Scully
Eamonn Scully

I thought for years it came from the Lakota Sioux tribe Hokay Hey meaning "a good day to die Now it appears I was badly mistaken

Month ago
Lululipes
Lululipes

*O* ll *K* orrect

2 hours ago
HipnikDragomir
HipnikDragomir

Video starts at 0:36

8 hours ago
洛基loki
洛基loki

google assistent kept on firing

10 hours ago
Rubin Chavarria
Rubin Chavarria

I mean .. ok I guess

19 hours ago
Rurouni005
Rurouni005

I love that Strongbad was used in this. Real og

19 hours ago
iamthefirsttosecond
iamthefirsttosecond

Kk

Day ago
Connor Student
Connor Student

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

Day ago
Völundr Frey
Völundr Frey

So where did the spelling "okay" come from?

Day ago
Patrick Hodson
Patrick Hodson

OK is OLL KORRECT!!!

Day ago
Marsel Monro
Marsel Monro

Weird flex but •• -•-

Day ago
Majek temmy
Majek temmy

"Alright guys, cut it out" Lol

Day ago
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Thanks for Subscribing Have a nice day!

*OK*

Day ago
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Thanks for Subscribing Have a nice day!

K

Day ago
Za Ra
Za Ra

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

2 days ago
Arlen Manders
Arlen Manders

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

2 days ago
sir monsieur
sir monsieur

the letter C mad asl right now

2 days ago
Seraaron
Seraaron

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

2 days ago
808JOKER
808JOKER

Ok

2 days ago
Zah Raz
Zah Raz

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.

2 days ago
fiscaljoy
fiscaljoy

Ok

2 days ago
alexander5
alexander5

knock out

2 days ago
alexander5
alexander5

Okay

2 days ago
Char10tti3
Char10tti3

Okay

3 days ago
Shiny Paint
Shiny Paint

Oke: I'M NOT OK

3 days ago
Ponemah Elementary
Ponemah Elementary

Okie Diddly Okie

3 days ago
Leo g
Leo g

Always thought it meant oll klear - All clear.

4 days ago
James Patton
James Patton

Is it Okay? Or OK?

4 days ago
vxCece15xv
vxCece15xv

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

4 days ago
Lil'Monki
Lil'Monki

Ola kala (greek) = all good :)

4 days ago
Unknown Music
Unknown Music

OK

4 days ago
Trung Nguyen
Trung Nguyen

I feel attacked

5 days ago
StrivingFor Mindfulness
StrivingFor Mindfulness

1830s hipsters started it. OK. 😂 👌🏻

5 days ago
Nethu
Nethu

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

5 days ago
Nethu
Nethu

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

5 days ago
robby
robby

but where did the ok hand sing come from

5 days ago
Baek's smile, My life
Baek's smile, My life

Ok 👍

5 days ago
Diego Huijbregts
Diego Huijbregts

My guess was "Oll Klear"

5 days ago
Yuuki Kuroutarou
Yuuki Kuroutarou

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.

5 days ago
Trixie von Mothersbaugh
Trixie von Mothersbaugh

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

5 days ago
DeadBait
DeadBait

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 😕

5 days ago
Sbeth85
Sbeth85

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

5 days ago
Greg Dundee
Greg Dundee

👌

5 days ago
Moby Dick
Moby Dick

memes in the 1800s lasted long wow

6 days ago
Compassionate Curmudgeon
Compassionate Curmudgeon

I have not nor will I ever spell business names with a K. It is wrong. Spelling it as such violates the social contract and steals my fizzy lifting drinks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx8o7vpB9ho

6 days ago
rbk
rbk

Ok

6 days ago
Cyn Ica L
Cyn Ica L

Do y’all think big Chungus will survive 150 years?

6 days ago
VosGamerNL
VosGamerNL

Maarten van Buren 🇳🇱🇳🇱🇳🇱

6 days ago
Amanda Danielle - MCPE
Amanda Danielle - MCPE

every time you hear 'ok' take a shot

6 days ago
Mikrofonlar Kralarına Cevaplar
Mikrofonlar Kralarına Cevaplar

But low resolution holds/captures and shows 'hokus pokus' as "OK'us LOTus"! If you just use then a text to speech app you're forever done by your very MOBile! .. ;-)..

6 days ago
Pls WaLuigi Dom Me
Pls WaLuigi Dom Me

I find it funny how pompous people are towards new slang meanwhile not realizing most of the words we use today come from slang words

6 days ago
Patrick Hodson
Patrick Hodson

Pls WaLuigi Dom Me person: “that’s not a word, it’s made up!” Me: “where do you think every other word came from?”

Day ago
okay
okay

I feel personally attacked by that inclusion of MCR’s I’m Not Okay why would you play with my heart like that?

6 days ago
ok
ok

weird flex but •• —•—

6 days ago
FBI Undercover Loli
FBI Undercover Loli

Ahem its “K”

7 days ago
Zzz zzzZ
Zzz zzzZ

They had memes back in the 1800’s lmao

7 days ago
Forklift Master
Forklift Master

Hey you wanna piss someone off? Just reply K whenever someone sents you a long message to u .

8 days ago
What's Kraken?
What's Kraken?

ahhh... yes. My Chemical Romance.

8 days ago
Nataly A
Nataly A

Okay? Okay?

8 days ago
Amazing Havlect / ABFDie
Amazing Havlect / ABFDie

But that explanation will give us KY

9 days ago
Amazing Havlect / ABFDie
Amazing Havlect / ABFDie

O.K should be called A.C so now it’s correct

9 days ago
Hartl Tuerkmayr
Hartl Tuerkmayr

ok

10 days ago
Hari Ng Norte
Hari Ng Norte

I was waiting for the african dude "'ho-ke"'

10 days ago
Tranquilo Men
Tranquilo Men

Kool

12 days ago
Tranquilo Men
Tranquilo Men

Ok 👍🏻

12 days ago
TomTubesYou
TomTubesYou

BOYLE?!?!

13 days ago
Juan Martín
Juan Martín

(.. _._) = IK 😧 (___ _._) = OK

13 days ago
Jared Wells
Jared Wells

Strong Bad!

14 days ago
Red
Red

ok

14 days ago
Drunken Deity
Drunken Deity

Oll Ryte

14 days ago
Firman N
Firman N

*_oK_*

14 days ago
Mitchell Brooks
Mitchell Brooks

Just watched Silver Linings Playbook and I don't know how to feel about this

14 days ago
Sevsnk
Sevsnk

K

14 days ago
Carlos Xavier Castillo Perez
Carlos Xavier Castillo Perez

Okokokoko o-k ook

15 days ago
jay g.
jay g.

I think what's really cool about the word "OK" is that it's not just used in English–the word exists in other languages too, including German, Japanese, Korean, and more. Of course, it's probably considered a borrowed word from English but it's still common, and I personally think that's really interesting to think about.

15 days ago
Daily Memes
Daily Memes

-ok- *Okay*

15 days ago
Anas Mutlaq
Anas Mutlaq

ok

15 days ago
Rafa Rodhes
Rafa Rodhes

Lmao the original meme 😂😂😂😂

16 days ago
Chief
Chief

So did “O.K.” come before “okay”?

17 days ago
Andy Sammy
Andy Sammy

I hate it when people doing things today are put down but if people did the same thing hundreds of years ago then all of a sudden it becomes oolala fancy

17 days ago
Andelu
Andelu

I thought this video was gonna be OW, but turned out it was cool. KC go watch it yourself.

18 days ago
John Wilbers
John Wilbers

Anyone else notice the error @2:53? The Morris Code for "OK" should be " - - - - * - " not " ** - * - "

18 days ago
NadEr
NadEr

holy cow next 😬

18 days ago
*Blueberry Cream*
*Blueberry Cream*

Ok was from 10M YEARS AGO :

19 days ago
Garima Singh
Garima Singh

Ok jaanu !☺

19 days ago
thatspoopychild
thatspoopychild

4:28 look at gorgeous Joe

19 days ago
Will Davis
Will Davis

I’m surprised the fault in our stars wasn’t mentioned...

20 days ago
Jon F
Jon F

what is not mentioned in this video, is the number of other languages that OK is used ubiquitously. Italian and Spanish, for starters, but I'm sure there are many others

20 days ago
Non Existent
Non Existent

Wait.... so is OK the oldest and the most relevant meme?

20 days ago
My Username is Pointlessly Long and Intimidating
My Username is Pointlessly Long and Intimidating

I thought C was .-.- in morse code. Huh.

20 days ago
R E
R E

O qué

20 days ago
Maxine Harper
Maxine Harper

What about that scene from Silver Linings Playbook, when Bradley Cooper said OK comes from the old club Old Kinderhooks?

21 day ago
Dalton Elswick
Dalton Elswick

I said ok at the end

21 day ago
waleed nasseri
waleed nasseri

The black guy that said ok gettving triggered by this video but says okay

21 day ago
the dark one
the dark one

Hmmm how do I know that this is true or how do they know?

21 day ago
trinity.
trinity.

maybe the reason why we say “Oh” is similar

24 days ago
NyuPenyu
NyuPenyu

ladies and gentlemen, we gotem

24 days ago
İrem
İrem

ok

25 days ago
gender communist
gender communist

4:52 Why did you ignore Gerald's message about the chicken?

26 days ago
Kick Saunders
Kick Saunders

I feel so un-cool now. If my 1030 friends started saying "KC" I'd have to look it up... X(

26 days ago
Clark Dawine
Clark Dawine

W

26 days ago
qwerty
qwerty

K.

26 days ago

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