Re: Origins of OK

Subject: Re: Origins of OK
From: Bob Johnson <bob -dot- johnson -at- CELERITYSOLUTIONS -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 1998 09:16:01 -0400

My apologies for the previous message, which I sent inadvertantly while
typing it (clumsy fingers and a poor keyboard design. Mea culpa.)

This may be an odd subject for someone to introduce themselves, but I've
been lurking for a month, and have do to it sooner or later.

I wish a could remember where I found this story about the origins of
OK, but it goes back further than I can remember

Woodrow Wilson, when he was a professor, would mark papers "okeh". One
of his students asked why he wrote it that way, instead of "OK or
"okay". Wilson replied that his was the correct way.

The student looked it up, and found that in Choctaw, "okeh" means "It is
so."

My two bits. (Inflation, you know.)

Bob Johnson
Documentation and QA Specialist
Celerity Solutions




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