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Re: Navigating wordorigins

Posted by GPP on October 26, 2003

In Reply to: Re: "Okay" from Japan? posted by DGW on October 26, 2003

: : : I was pretty intriqued when I read about the origins of the word "Okay".

: : : I always thought it came from the Japanese word: ryoukai.

: : : Anyway, I'm curious to know why this is excluded as a possibility? Thanks!

: : No one mentioned it before.

: "OK" dates from 1839. Not much input from Japanese into English at that time! Newspapers of the time give a pretty good idea of how "OK" evolved. See www.wordorigins.org for example.

Scroll down where it says "The Big List", and click the "OK" link.