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On This Day: How “O.K” Came Into General Use

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On this day: in history (1839), the initials “O.K.” were first published in The Boston Morning Post. Meant as an abbreviation for “oll correct,” a popular slang misspelling of “all correct” at the time, OK steadily made its way into the everyday speech. OK (spelling variations include okay, O.K., ok and Ok) is an English word (originally American English) denoting approval, acceptance, agreement, assent, acknowledgment, or a sign of indifference. OK is frequently used as a loanword in other languages. It has been described as the most frequently spoken or written word on the planet.


In Brazil, Mexico and Peru, as well as in other Latin American countries, the word is pronounced just as it is in English and is used very frequently. Spanish speakers often spell the word “okey” to conform with the spelling rules of the language. In Brazil, it may be also pronounced as “ô-kei”. In Portugal, it is used with its Portuguese pronunciation and sounds something like “ókâi” .

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