OK and Other Expressions
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
Okay, good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.
On this day in 1839, the expression OK appeared for the first time in The Boston Morning Post. There are a lot of theories about where the phrase came from. One is that it was an abbreviation for slang used by teenagers, Oll Korrect, spelled O-L-L. Other expressions kids made popular at the time: GTT stood for Going to Texas and KY for know youse. The only one that survived the centuries is OK.
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