Ja, warum eigentlich? Kurz gesagt: Weil wir immer noch nachplappern, was irgendwelche Spackos im Boston der 1830er für cool hielten.

OK is thought to be the most widely recognized word on the planet. We use it to communicate with each other, as well as our technology. But it actually started out as a language fad in the 1830’s of abbreviating words incorrectly. Young intellectuals in Boston came up with several of these abbreviations, including “KC” for “knuff ced,” “OW” for “oll wright,” and KY for “know yuse.” But thanks to its appearance in Martin Van Buren’s 1840 presidential re-election campaign as the incumbents new nickname, Old Kinderhook, OK outlived its abbreviated comrades. Later, widespread use by early telegraph operators caused OK to go mainstream, and its original purpose as a neutral affirmative is still how we use it today.

(via überall. Ich bin vermutlich der Letzte, der sich das auch ins Blog klebt, aber das is mir irgendwie egal.)


Das Titelbild basiert auf einem Foto von Glen Noble. Lizenz: CC0 1.0. Danke!

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