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Meaning of the word "okay"

Posted by Jim Broadbent on November 12, 2002


I read the meaning of the phrase "okay" and I tend to disagree with those given.

I believe that the word comes from the japanese word "okane" which means money (pronounced: O-kah-nay)

The japanese hand sign for this word is the same as what we use for "ok" in North America - a circle of the thumb and index finger with the other 3 fingers fanned out above.

I think (but have no proof) that the Japanese word was borrowed after the occupation of Japan following the Second World War.

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