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What's the full form of ' OK ' ?

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Asked by Vilas Pardhe, 31 Jan '10 06:58 pm
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Various etymologies have been proposed for okay, but none has been unanimously agreed upon. Most are generally regarded to be unlikely or anachronistic.

There are five proposed etymologies which have received material academic support since the 1960s. They are:

1.Greek words "Ola Kala" meaning "everything's good" or "all good"; used by Greek railroad workers in the United States. It is also said that "O.K." was written on the ships or other places to show that the ships are ready.
2.Initials of the "comically misspelled" Oll Korrect
3.Initials of "Old Kinderhook" a nickname for President Martin Van Buren which was a reference to Van Buren's birthplace Kinderhook, NY.
4.Choctaw word okeh
5.Wolof and Bantu word waw-kay or the Mande (aka "Mandinke" or "Mandingo") phrase o ke
Oll Korrect has been extensively discussed by Allen Walker Read, although the purpose of those discussions was to promote "Old Kinderhook"; the two differ materially from other candidates in that they:
Answered by joyesh chakraborty, 31 Jan '10 07:07 pm

 
  
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Martin van Buren was standing as the Democratic presidential candidate in 1840. He had acquired the nickname of Old Kinderhook (he was born in Kinderhook, New York). On March 24, 1840 the Democrats opened the OK Club in Grand Street, New York City, based on the initials of van Buren's nickname.

The expression OK soon became the watchword of this club, and in that same year, a Democratic newspaper equated the initials with the strivings of the party to "make all things OK".
Answered by Jack Johnson, 31 Jan '10 07:10 pm

 
  
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OK is first recorded in 1839 but was probably in circulation before that date. During the 1830s there was a humoristic fashion in Boston newspapers to reduce a phrase to initials and supply an explanation in parentheses. Sometimes the abbreviations were misspelled to add to the humor. OK was used in March 1839 as an abbreviation for all correct, the joke being that neither the O nor the K was correct.
Answered by Arshad Khan, 31 Jan '10 07:01 pm

 
  
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All Correct by Bangali Babu as Oll Korrect - in short OK
Answered by Avtar Khalsa, 31 Jan '10 07:15 pm

 
  
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These are two Greek words "Ola Kala" meaning "everything's good" or "all good.
Answered by Sridhar, 31 Jan '10 07:08 pm

 
  
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All correct (in American version Oll Korrect)
Answered by nicem male, 31 Jan '10 07:02 pm

 
  
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Oll korrect....
Answered by miss, 31 Jan '10 07:00 pm

 
  
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All correct.
Answered by hitler, 31 Jan '10 06:59 pm

 
  
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