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OK by Allan Metcalf
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Apr 17, 2011

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This is a book that should have been a magazine article. Its fun to read, but the basic premise (that "OK" as a word began life as a joke in 1839) can be stated in one chapter (and is). The rest is proof of the claim, examining other origins that the author is convinced (and convincing) are clearly wrong, and discussing its on and off history following its inception.

It also explores the universal use of "OK" around the world, and why it caught on.

It's a fast read, however, and worthwhile for anyone interested in the history of language and how it evolves.
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