Posted by Nikhilesh sinha on December 19, 2004
Satisfactory - all correct.
Possibly the most researched phrase of them all, but with no clear evidence as to the origin. The contenders are:
A shortened version of 'Oll Korrect'. Used by President Andrew Jackson.
'Old Kinderhook' - nickname of President Martin van Buren.
'Aux quais' - the mark put on bales of cotton in Mississippi river ports.
'0 killed' - the report of the night's death toll during the First World War.
'Orl Korrect' - military reporting indicating troops were in good order.
As a possible addition to this list, The German phrase Alles Klar, means the same thing, and is pronounced Olles Klar, could this be the source?