23 Mar, 2021

Birthday of the expression “O.K.”

It is believed that it was on March 23rd, 1839 that the expression “O.K.” – Today is a very popular “ok”.

According to some reports in the Boston newspaper “Morning Post” this expression appeared as a comic abbreviation of the misspelled “all korrect”. But the New York Democrats believe that it was they who gave birth to the OK, giving the name to their club The Democratic OK Club (OK is abbreviated as Old Kinderhook, the place where the then US President Martin Van Buren was born). And a month later, as if reinforcing this version, in a New York newspaper this abbreviation appeared in its current meaning: “Don’t you think that everything is OK?”

For the sake of fairness, it must be said that, in fact, many versions have been put forward. The Greeks also took part, for “ola kala” means “everything is good”, and the Latins, who wrote “omnia correcta”, and the Finns, who occasionally drop “oikea” – “right.” Also involved were French sailors, who were caught using the phrase “aux quais”, which has nothing to do with correctness and correctness at all, but simply means “to the berth.” Haitians also intervened, claiming that the port of Aux Cayes was famous for its excellent rum. Even the Germans did not stand aside: during the American Civil War, the Germans ordered the abbreviation OK, which could mean “Oberkommando” (High Command).

Well, very zealous researchers thought that this expression appeared due to … the illiteracy of President Andrew Jackson, who wrote “oll korrekt” contrary to all the rules. Jackson’s supporters protested against this version, claiming that it was he who adopted their favorite word “okeh” from the Indians!