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Subject:Re: OK -- a word? From:"Bergerson, Carl A" <Carl -dot- Bergerson -at- UNISYS -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 29 Apr 1998 16:15:08 -0500
According to my American heritage dictionary, in order of preference,
The probable etymology is given as *abbreviation of oll korrect, slang
respelling of all correct.*
I've always harbored the suspicion that is was the abbreviation of the
Russian phrase *ochen khorosho* (very well). (You'll remember *horror
show* from *A Clockwork Orange.*)
carl -dot- bergerson -at- unisys -dot- com
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> Hi List Readers,
> I have not seen this on the list and hope that I'm not being
> Does anyone have any history on the word (or acronym) OK? I've seen
> shown as:
> OK and okay
> Is there a time you would use one rather than the other?