You open the Safari browser on your iPhone, but instead of the page you want, you see a window that says “Data transmission over the cellular network is turned off.” This iOS kindly reminds you that you forgot to connect to mobile Internet or Wi-Fi. You can remove the reminder by pressing the OK button. By the way – have you ever wondered where these two letters came from?
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The meaning of the word O’kay (pronounced “oi’key”) is known even to older people. When pronouncing it, people agree with something / say that everything is in order / declare that the subject or object of discussion is fashionable, modern, “top-notch”. In computer interfaces, OK (in word or in the form of a “checkmark”) means confirmation of an action.
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7 versions of the origin of the word OK
Of course, okay has a lot of “parents”, as is often the case in such situations. Here are just some of the versions:
Illiteracy… It is said that OK was originally AK, short for All Correct. But over time, the letter A was transformed into O – on the principle of “we hear and write” (and this expression is heard as “All Correct”). So, according to rumors, the 7th President of the United States, Andrew Jackson, wrote.
Sly politician from the 19th century… American Democrat President Martin Van Buuren was born in Kinderhook (Kinderhook, New York). In order to better be remembered by voters during the election campaign, Van Buren began calling himself Old Kinderhook in 1840, and then came up with the catchy slogan “Old Kinderhook is O.K.”
“German trace”… Proofreaders from Germany, when they received an ideal article that did not need corrections, wrote on it: Ohne Korrektur (“one proofreading”), i.e. “No fixes.”
“English version… The English pilots of the Second World War took over the record “0 killed” from the French (there were no killed), which in a short version looked like 0 K (sounded like “Oh Kay”).
“French” version… In Occitan language (one of the dialects of French), from time immemorial, they say “ok” when they want to express consent. It is believed that in the course of centuries-old conflicts between the French and the British, the latter adopted “ok.” Canadians could do the same, for a long time being subjects of the French monarchy.
“Greek” version… In Greek, there is the expression “ολα καλα” meaning “everything is in order.” The first letters of these words were painted on the rails by tracklayers in the United States. The person who saw them understood that the railway track had already been checked, and there should not be any problems with it.
“This is Oklahoma!”, Just in brief, local residents say… They assure that the start of the “ocean” was accidentally given by political activity in ancient times. The name of the state for the next election campaign needed to be reduced, so that the result was the famous OK.
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- In Brazil and Germany, the OK gesture (the “ring” of the thumb and forefinger) is considered offensive – Brazilians understand this as an offer to have anal sex (and the one who sees this is offered the role of a passive partner), the Germans – as a comparison of themselves with the anus.
- Experts say “okay” is the most commonly used word on the planet.
- On March 23, 2014, the word Okay – according to the Global Language Monitor (GLM) – turned 175 (!) Years old.