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 7 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

  • Ismail Amiri
    Ismail Amiri 5 saat önce


  • Sri
    Sri 6 saat önce

    “The Krave for K is a visual strategy”
    The kadarshians did research before naming their daughters huh

  • Paige Connelly
    Paige Connelly 13 saat önce

    Technically, the My Chemical Romance song featured at the start of the video is called 'I'm Not Okay', not 'OK'.

    But okay/OK.

  • The real Mac Ter
    The real Mac Ter 13 saat önce

    Ok < okay

  • worldof clelama
    worldof clelama 18 saat önce

    i was hoping by clicking on this video that the top comment would be just ''Ok''
    internet you have disapointed me yet again

  • Syed Omar
    Syed Omar 18 saat önce


  • Sologuy 95
    Sologuy 95 1 gün önce


  • Spirited Spy
    Spirited Spy 1 gün önce


  • Univizum
    Univizum 1 gün önce

    When she hits you with the K.

  • Danielle 1244
    Danielle 1244 2 gün önce

    You used mcr I-

  • Dirty Dan
    Dirty Dan 2 gün önce

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  • amanda
    amanda 2 gün önce


  • Griff
    Griff 2 gün önce


  • Patrick Boyd
    Patrick Boyd 3 gün önce

    So where/when did "roger that" come in as a neutral affirmative ....just to acknowledge receipt of information?

  • BrownyBear
    BrownyBear 3 gün önce

    Oh, OK

  • mcFrondo411
    mcFrondo411 3 gün önce

    I attended a wedding, where pastor said 'ok' after bride and bridegroom said 'yes' to each other... What a debate afterwards... ;-)

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  • Lalatendu P Deo
    Lalatendu P Deo 3 gün önce

    0:13 Ok Jannu how did an Indian movie title came here

  • heroclix0rz
    heroclix0rz 3 gün önce

    A wild Stella clip appeared!

  • heinzdirk
    heinzdirk 3 gün önce

    Is the telegraph code really correct?

  • TedOfNod
    TedOfNod 4 gün önce


  • Prachi Sharma
    Prachi Sharma 4 gün önce

    From now on
    I will only say oll korrect

  • Unowned Mask
    Unowned Mask 4 gün önce


  • Blaise
    Blaise 4 gün önce

    0:21 my Alexa went off lol

  • Gio Karijowidjojo
    Gio Karijowidjojo 4 gün önce

    "OK" Sideways looks like a small stickman.

  • rent a shill
    rent a shill 5 gün önce


  • TheTamperedRaven
    TheTamperedRaven 5 gün önce

    Didn’t expect to see mcr here..I am pleased.

  • Uros Andric
    Uros Andric 5 gün önce

    0 kills all correct

  • Ruairi Costin
    Ruairi Costin 5 gün önce

    Okay is a 4 letter word not 2

  • PDS810
    PDS810 5 gün önce

    Me three seconds into the video: no stop

  • Henry K
    Henry K 5 gün önce

    But what about the spelling “okay?”

  • JB Reyes
    JB Reyes 6 gün önce

    'Ok' will be our always

  • Sub to me for no reason

    Weird flex but oll korrect

  • iopfox kitsune
    iopfox kitsune 6 gün önce


  • Teresa Wong
    Teresa Wong 6 gün önce

    We say okay to mess with people who proofread their grammarful 300 word messages

  • Hicupps
    Hicupps 6 gün önce

    knuff ced, vox

  • Milad Noushinravan
    Milad Noushinravan 6 gün önce


  • Olivia Sian
    Olivia Sian 6 gün önce