Friday, March 23, 2018

Okey-dokey Artichokey

Today is OK Day.  I'd spell it "okay" but I didn't create the holiday.

It's one of our better words.  Not just because it's positive.  It represents a concept we need to express a lot, and I'm not sure if any other word works in its place.  "Acceptable"?  "All right" (or "alright")?  "Satisfactory"?  "Adequate"?  "Fine"?  None of them feel right.

I checked into its origins and no one is entirely certain where it comes from.  The most accepted story is it originated as an abbreviation for "Orl Korrect" or "Oll Korrect" which mean "all correct."  Apparently there was a fad in the 1830s for abbreviations and misspellings.

Others say it comes from the Choctaw Indians.  Others from West Africa.  Looks like we'll never be sure.  But you know what?  That's okay.


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