OK and Other Expressions

On this day in 1839, the expression OK appeared for the first time in a publication — the Boston Morning Post. One possible origin of the phrase is that it was an abbreviation for slang used by teenagers: "Oll Korrect." Other expressions kids made popular at the time: "GTT" stood for Going to Texas and "KY" for "know youse." OK is the only one that survived the centuries.

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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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