What about the stupid expression O.K. Is it a word at all? Why can’t people just say yes? Well, the word happens to be America’s most successful export and has been blown around freely in this country for about 175 years. There is no other word that is widely recognized throughout the world. No other American word has succeeded like that. Like what the F word has become, one reason for OK’s appeal is its versatility. Above all, it is an adjective. When you say, “This is okay.” But it is also a noun when you say, “I gave this in my OK.” It is also a verb, “ I said it was okay” It is also an adverb, “She did it okay.” And it is also an interjection, “Okay!”
So just where did this word come from? One theory is that it came from a Greek word OLA KALA that means all good. A recently famous OK origin story was featured in the recent 2012 Academy Award winning movie called Silver Linings Play Book where the leading actor says,” Martin Van Buren the eighth president of the United States used to say you are OK because you were part of a club.” In reality in 1839 an abbreviation craze was sweeping America. So OK was born meaning correct. The earliest finding of the word OK in a dictionary was in the 1864 edition of the Slang Dictionary of Vulgar Words. Is the word OK as annoying as the F word being thrown around and the word like that also seems to be in every sentence of every person that has a hard time expressing themselves?
Which word is more annoying like or OK? I find the word like infinitely more annoying than OK because like is just a brain fart; a word to throw into a sentence when you don’t even know what you are saying. At least the word OK it is used as a form of mutual agreement. Like in just a mediocre word. At least OK was featured in a famous quote. I’m OK you’re OK. OK is emphatic, distinctive it is simple. Americans don’t like to be complicated. It is a way of life. And they hate spelling long words. So you can’t get much shorter than OK. OK? OK.