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    ok - OK - okay

    Where does "ok" come from?

    I heard its origin is in the USA. Is it right? If it is right it doesn't come from British English. Is it commonly used nowaday also in British English?

    And what does it stand for?

    Should one always write it capitalized? I usually write it simply "ok", but I heard one should make it capitalized.

    And what about "okay" - is it used the same way?

    P.S.: Feel free to correct any mistakes in this post.

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    Re: ok - OK - okay

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    Where does "ok" come from?

    I heard its origin is in the USA. Is it right? If it is right it doesn't come from British English. Is it commonly used nowaday also in British English?

    And what does it stand for?

    Should one always write it capitalized? I usually write it simply "ok", but I heard one should make it capitalized.

    And what about "okay" - is it used the same way?

    P.S.: Feel free to correct any mistakes in this post.
    There's a note about "okay" or "OK" here: OK: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com

    Here are some possibilities:
    There have been numerous attempts to explain the emergence of this curious colloquial expression, which seems to have swept into popular use in the US during the mid-19th century. Most of them are undoubtedly pure speculation.

    Read more here: AskOxford: What is the origin of the word 'OK'?

    There are just so many places where "okay" or "OK" could have come from, okay?

    Encyclopedia - Where did OKAY come from?

    Please, let me know what you conclude after you've checked all 11,600 webpages. Thank you.

    "origin of the word ok" - Google Search

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    Re: ok - OK - okay

    Ok, thank you marciobarbalho and PROESL, I will check all (or some of) the source material you recommended. I knew there were plenty of material about it - that is one of the reasons I asked here, to learn your opinions about it.

    Still I have two pressing questions about it:

    1) Regarding its writing - capitalized or not (uppercase or lowercase)? Which is the correct accepted rule?
    For example in this very post I started with "Ok", that's my current style - is it correct or should I change it to OK ?

    2) Is the use of "ok" spread throughout other English speaking countries besides the USA?

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