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    Default Re: The history of O.K.

    We analysed a fairly large collection of texts ourselves and these were the top ten words contained in it:

    1. The
    2. Of
    3. And
    4. To
    5. A
    6. In
    7. That
    8. I
    9. It
    10. He


    There are also a number of other lists of common English words available. Try looking here:

    http://www.google.com/search?q=%22co...rds%22+english

    I hope that helps.

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    Question how can ı learn about u.k hıstory ??

    heyy ıf u help me thıs topıc ı wıll so be happy ok?? :P

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    Default Re: how can ı learn about u.k hıstory ??

    Quote Originally Posted by sk_te_amor View Post
    heyy ıf u help me thıs topıc ı wıll so be happy ok?? :P

    Try this superb page from World Wide Words on the topic of the "origin of the expression OK": http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-oka1.htm

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    Default Re: The history of O.K.

    Quote Originally Posted by rewboss View Post
    The only one I know of that is in any way universal is "taxi". For the third, various words are suggested, including "hallelujah", "amen" (which are originally Hebrew, not English, and not used in all cultures anyway), and "Coca-Cola" (which is a brand name so doesn't really count).
    As I recall, two of the three words are OK and hello. I can't remember what the third one is.

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    Default Re: The history of O.K.

    Ooh -- "Hello" is definitely not one them. "Hi" is a possibility, but I know for a fact that nobody in Germany ever says "Hello" (unless they're actually speaking English at the time).

    But if "Hi" is one, then we have our three words: OK, Hi and Taxi.

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    Default Re: The history of O.K.

    Oh wait -- I don't think they say "Hi" in Russian...

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    Default Re: The history of O.K.

    Quote Originally Posted by rewboss View Post
    Oh wait -- I don't think they say "Hi" in Russian...
    They don't say "hi" in russian. They say "Privet" Russians very often use "WOW". or they often say " Bye" .

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    Default Re: The history of O.K.

    Someone told me that OK means zero killed. It was used in the WWII. But I'm not really sure about this.

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    Default Re: The history of O.K.

    It's older than WWII.

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    Default Re: The history of O.K.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It's older than WWII.
    I've heard a story from my amarican friend about O.K. He told me that one of the presidents of the USA had to sign the documents with the words" ALL IS CORRECT" . Very soon he got tired of writing those words and he signed" O.K" Can it be true?

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