In a grappling manner, a toddler utters his first word, ‘oookey.’ The rhyme swings. Everybody laughs. They expected it to be ‘Mamma’ or ‘Papa’ and ‘OK’ been the first buzz of the child was unambiguously ok. In his growing up years, that child fiddles often with the perennial usage of this worldwide colloquial term. He studies hard, plays regularly, makes impressionist orders, accepts gifts, exchanges remarks, keeps moving with the flow of life, but constantly raves and riddles around ‘ok’, sometimes simple, and sometimes thought provoking. He builds an innovative infinite inventory of ‘ok’ in his verbal commune unconsciously: bright ok, quick ok, heavy sighed ok, happy ok, understandable ok, insightful ok, marvelous ok, delightful ok, delicious ok, wandering ok, wondering ok, questioning ok, orderly ok, loving ok, hateful ok, trembling ok, fearful ok, swinging ok, zestful ok, sad ok, winning ok, conscious ok, subconscious ok, running ok and many more ok’s.
Don’t blame him. Talks on cell phones have immense pursue of ‘ok’ usage. The little pop up window of every software application contains an ‘ok’ button as an acceptable choice.
In today’s time kids hold cell phones valiantly as toys, prefer to talk alive even before they learn to comprehend. ‘Ok’ is okaying, echoing subconsciously by birth in the righteous realm of verbal and written communication.
Etymology of ‘OK’ has many a native stories lingering along interesting innovative origins. You may like ‘Oll Korrect’, ‘Orl korrec’, ‘Ole Kurreck’, ‘Old Kinderhook’, ‘Old Keokuk’, ‘Ola Kala’, ‘Okeh’ , ‘Hoakeh’ , ‘Oke’ , ‘Oikea’, ‘O qu-oui’, ‘Omnis Korrecta’ , ‘hoacky or horkey’ , ‘Orrins-Kendall’ , ‘Out of Kash’ , ‘Out of Kredit’ , ‘Out of Klothes’ or ‘Orful Kalamity’. You may be tempted to read an article by A.W. Read titled “The First Stage in the History of ‘O.K.’” published in American Speech in February of 1963.
English dictionary has many beautiful words but, we favor ‘OK’, consciously and unconsciously. Aren’t we waxing to its simplicity, to the unseen comfort in redundant unbiased usage, its unanimous compassionate treatment to all age groups: wife, child, parents, friends, boss, shopkeeper or sweeper — an answer spun around ‘ok’ or with single ‘ok’?
More surprising ok’s:
- Circle K is the North America’s convenience store started in 1951 by Fred Hervey. People call it OK in Hong Kong and Taiwan because if you have a look at the logo — alphabet ‘K’ is inside the circle.
- OK is the postal abbreviation of Oklahoma State in USA.
- ‘OK!’ is a famous celebrity lifestyle magazine which appears in 19 countries.
- Okay Airways is an airline based in Beijing, China, a volcano, a glacier, even a shut down British motorcycle manufacturer brand OK-Supreme
- What’s there in a name, but Ok is OK, there are songs, bands and music albums titled OK and there is a family of OK languages spoken in a contiguous area of eastern western Papua New Guinea.
- Also it’s of immense meaning to mention about ‘OK Soda’, a cola brand launched in 1993 by Coca cola Company to take the advantage of the number one spoken word. Number two being ‘Coke’. But ‘OK Soda’ failed to kickoff and the ‘OK Soda’ project was rolled back after seven months of test marketing. One of the scrap of a fan says on the ‘OK Soda’ website says, “Can we make CocaCola return the path of OKness?
All the languages of the world have adopted the most used word of the international language, liberating everyone to provide an all-time affordable answer; a person who knows ‘ok’ can reply any question asked by anyone.
Do care to keep an eye on the words walking in and out of your cell phones and sentences you write in an email. Watch the words jumping out of your mouth, how many ok’s ? Just count.
Search for ‘ok’ in the twitter search, you will find the current usage rate, the time stamp, the person, the location, the sentence. Though ‘OK’ has not been in the twitter trending topic. Topic trending in twitter mimics a folklore dictionary, a new way to spread a word to the world audience online. We know world is undoubtedly flat, but you just can’t create a tsunami. Waves will take birth on its own; if the new word or slang is of liking of the masses, tsunami will come and leave the newborn word or slang or jargon behind. Only few of us will study the etymology, rest will innovate. World is prone to innovate slang.
This might be the usual evolution of k in the chat messaging:
‘It’s all right.’
Check how much time it saves to write and comprehend a simple ‘k’, technically it saves digital bits and bytes too.
Do you think there will be brands coming up with the single alphabet name ‘K’ prompting the big banners glow signs on the roadside, “It’s K, ok”? May be if that brand would become a success, there would be arguments for origins — ‘K’ is inspired from ‘OK’ or ‘SRK’(Shahrukh Khan)? Just kidding, but you never know.
Think, think, think, think, and think, why a human feels comfortable to speak ok? — It certainly has the robust universal grammatical usage advantage for being a noun, a verb, an adjective, an adverb, an interjection, or a standalone complete answer in itself.
Isn’t writing a semicolon and a bracket ‘:)’ easier than scribbling ‘I am feeling happy’ while messaging?
Isn’t ‘:)’ a small painting which lets even an illiterate smile?