what does O.K stand for?

i heard and read different historical stories about o.k. i don't know if they are true or not. for example one story tell o.k was a sign in wars to show nobody weren't killed in war ( the o= zero +  k= kill ).

did you hear this story?

what does it stand for? what do you think?

Jun 10, 2018 5:54 PM
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it is always a question for me why native english like to abbreviation phrases and make new words. i just know english and i don't know about other languages.  one day i ask my masters why english speakers abbreviate every phrase and i don't know he was serious or not but he said english speakers don't like talk a lot and they are a little lazy in this matter. for example why U.S or U.K??? is it hard to tell it completely ? and thousands other abbreviations.

and this trend spread all over the world now it is a trend in every languages and recently i hear in Farsi we abbreviate the Farsi phrases.

by the way i think if english speakers weren't lazy and don't abbreviate everything we can find the root and history of OK.

thanks for take part in my discussion. interesting stories.

Thanks ;)

June 11, 2018

I've read numerous explanations of "OK" and I've come to the conclusion that, frustrating as it is, nobody really knows and none of the stories are reliable. It definitely originated in the United States.

"Orl Korrect" is one common explanation.

The other one is that the US President, Martin van Buren, was nicknamed "Old Kinderhook" and that "OK" has something or other to do with him or his political campaign.

Checking, Wikipedia's article

mentions "Orl korrect," "Old Kinderhook," a Choctaw Indian word "okeh" meaning "it is so," and a West African phrase "O ke."

June 11, 2018

I hear different story about OK:

"A more likely explanation is that the term originated as an abbreviation of oll korrekt , a jokey misspelling of 'all correct' which was current in the US in the 1830s." ( )

June 10, 2018

Probably comes from Greek

Initials of Ola Kala ( Ὅλα Καλά; "everything is fine")

June 10, 2018
Marcin Thanks
June 11, 2018
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