The word is an abbreviation of ‘orl korrect’. It was coined in the USA and means ‘all correct’. The word was first used as a slogan during the presidential re-election campaign of Martin Van Buren (1782–1862) in 1840. Van Buren’s nickname was “Old Kinderhook”. Back then, in Boston and New York abbreviations were the rage and words were misspelled deliberately. So a group of his followers called themselves the “O.K. Club”; this later went on to mean “oll korrect” and “ Old Kinderhook”.
This is just one of the many slang words that have survived until today.
Okay is a colloquial Englishword denoting approval, acceptance, assent, or acknowledgment. This is most likely short for “Oll Korrect,” a jokey misspelling of “All Correct” that needs a little historical context to make sense.
There have been numerous attempts to explain the emergence of this expression, which seems to have swept into popular use in the US (United States) during the mid-19th century. Most of them are pure speculation.
The word OK might be one of the most versatile and commonly used expressions in the English language. In fact, people rarely fail to use it while writing a paragraph in English, including me. The reason is very simple, OK is a word that can be used as a noun, a verb, an interjection, and an adjective.
Being an adjective, OK denotes for 'adequate or acceptable'. When used as an interjection, it denotes 'compliance or agreement'. And it means 'assent' when it is used as a noun. It is also said that OK can be used as a loanword😮in other languages.
It basically stands for “Oll Korrect”, “Ole Kurreck” or “Orl Korrekt” a word slightly different from “All Correct” in Greek. Though there have been various theories given by various scholars on the full of the word OK, none of them has been finalized. It includes from Scottish ‘och aye’ and then native Choctaw Indian term ‘okeh’ (it is so) to French phrase ‘aux Cayes’(Cayes was a port known for its rum). In Greece, OK stands for “Ola Kala” which means all is well👍.
However, the correct full form of the word OK is still not known. People use it as per their choice and need in their sentence to express their expressions. Earlier this question, I didn’t even know that OK word might have a full form. LOL🤣!
There are various full forms of OK. The correct one is still unknown. The word OK came into existence in the mid 19th century in the US. There are various interpretations of the full forms of the word ‘OK’ but overall, all the full forms of the words mean the same thing.
The oldest recorded use of the word
The various theories on its full form include origins from Scottish ‘och aye’, Greek phrase ‘ola kala’ (It’s good), native Choctaw Indian term ‘okeh’(it is so) and French phrase ‘aux Cayes’(Cayes was a port known for its rum).
The word was popularised during the time when U.S. President Martin Van Buren was campaigning for re-election. Pamphlets had the term ‘Orl Korrect’ which was eventually shortened to OK. His followers eventually came to be known as the OK Club. It became popular in the late 1830s. There are also other origins pertaining to the word OK, one of them being adopted from the languages of West African slaves in the pre-Civil War era. ‘OK’ could also mean ‘Objection Killed.’ The true origin of this word would probably always be unknown.
Content Writer, Diploma in Literature, Austin,Texas
Answered on Apr 24, 2019
The word OK signifies 'Oll Korrect', or 'Ole Kurreck'. It became popular with the ongoing abbreviation trend earlier in the 1830s in Boston, MA. It was spelled differently before It became OK, supposedly OW ('Oll Wright') more like in an amusing way. It was one of the many abbreviations that didn't become obsolete with time.
Especially this one, It became ubiquitous in the United States ' due tothe involvement of political parties as an agenda for a campaign as 'Vote for OK'.
Content Writer, Master of Computer Applications, Colorado
Answered on Apr 23, 2019
It's all a play of time and fashion. The original term OK was originated in America back in the 1830s which actually was an abbreviation to the misspelled term "Oll Korrect". The word "Okay" didn't appear until 1895.
Nowadays, as you may already know that OK is widely used around social media thus is fashion but it too has got funny alternatives such as Okie Dokie, K, Okeh, etc. So, now you know Okeh is nothing but just a cool alternative to the word Okay/OK. Pop culture makes everything look and sound cool, you know.
Professor at Harvard University, Journalism, Massachusetts America
Answered on Apr 23, 2019
Well, the word (verb) 'Ok' came into existence in 1919 which was formerly known as "Okeh". This is just way or speech mannerism usually pronounced by Americans. Actually, this phrase came from "Okie-Dokie" which genuinely came into existence from English "Okie" and first showed up in 1932. Even Greek immigrants used this word, who returned back to America and spelled "Okay Boys".
Often people get confused with "OK" with the Choctaw word "Okeh" which means “it is so”. It's a trending word in today's era which is much adored.