382nd blog … ok, okey na okey lang!


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  7. The emergence of the expression OK or okay swept into popular use in the mid 19th century.

    But most of its origins can only be considered as speculation. There has been no linguistic and historical evidence regarding its source and beginning/

    It could have come from the scots expression och aye or from the greek ola kala.

    The choctaw Indian oke or okeh, the french aux cayes, the port in haiti with a reputation for good rum or au quai and french-speaking dockers could also be source-candidates.

    Or the documents written by a railway freight agent called obediah kelly, or the abbreviation of orl korrekt , a jokey misspelling in 1830s.

    OK was also a slogan by the democratic party during the american presidential election of 1840 by a candidate nicknamed ‘old kinderhook’ and his ‘ok club’.

    One plausible theory is black slaves from west african origin representing a word meaning ‘all right, yes indeed’ in various african languages.

    Unfortunately, there is no incontrovertible historical evidence enabling the origin of this expression up to now.

    Mabuti naman, ayos lang, kasi dito sa katagalugan, malinaw ang kahulugan ng ok, hindi ba?

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