Posted by ESC on September 25, 2005
In Reply to: Re: Okie dokie smokey posted by Bob on September 25, 2005
: : I was recently told that the term "okie dokie smokey" was offensive to African Americans. Does anyone know the origin of this saying or why it is offensive?
: The "okie dokie" part wouldn't be offensive. It's just a jovial elaboration of "ok." But "smoke" is an offensive racial epithet, and even in combination with the jokey rest, inappropriate language.
Smokey makes me think of CB language -- a state trooper. Refers to their Smokey Bear hats.