No word is more international than "Okay". People use it everywhere. Everybody understands it. Ask anybory, any Mexican, German or Japanese, "O.K.?" and he certainly understands you. Some people think the word comes from America, but nobody is exactly sure where and how it originated. There are a lot of interesting stories about the origin of O.K. which is the correct one? Probably none.

Everything is "O.K."

One of the stories about the origin of "O.K." is about an old Indian chief with a very strange name. The americans were not able to say it, but it was something similar to "O.K.". This Indian was very friendly and accepted everything the American colonists said. So, every time they wanted to say everything was correct, they said it was "O.K.".

But experts who study old Greek texts have another theory. Hundred of years ago, every Greek teacher wrote "Ola"(Everything) "Kala"(Good) or simply "O.K."at the end of any school paper which didn't have any mistakes.

From ancient Greek to America and from there to the rest the world. At least the world agrees on something - two littles letters!

(Adapted from an article by Karen Kreibohm, in BBC Modern English.)

How about you, do you know another story about that word?
Firstly I'd like to thank you for having opened such an interesting topic.I haven't known anything about the history of "OK" frankly.But now I have got two sensible and good stories for the ones who haven't heard these yetEmotion: smile

Thanks again,

DjB
There's some more interesting information on the Wikipedia site.

This is indeed a very good topic, Matress.
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BenitaThere's some more interesting information on the Wikipedia site. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okay

This is indeed a very good topic, Matress.

Wikipedia is really excellent, thank you.