Did you ever wonder how common phrases and expressions came into being? One of the most popular just had a birthday, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
One of the most distinctive and near universal American colloquialisms — the affirmation “OK” — appeared in public for the first time this week in 1839.
There have been claims that “OK” derives from languages as diverse as Greek and Choctaw, and that it appeared in earlier American documents.
But it was first published in a Boston Morning Post story with a brief definition.
While “OK” took off around the country, and eventually the world with variants in some two dozen languages, time KO’d the Boston Morning Post.
That paper folded in 1956 after 125 years of publication.