Phrase Finder Rules OK

Posted by Brian from Shawnee on December 03, 2004

In Reply to: Phrase Finder Rules OK posted by ESC on December 02, 2004

: : Can also be "Phrase Finder Rules, OK?"

: : Where did this come from? Who was the original person who Ruled OK? Or did they rule U.K.? I've always wondered about that.

: Do you mean ending sentences with "...OK?" Like the school counselor Mr. Mackey on South Park "who has a very big head and ends virtually every sentence with his signature phrase, 'M'kay?'"

There's a specific construct I've seen many times, always like "[noun or person] rules OK", or sometimes with a comma and a question mark "[noun or person] rules, OK?" The most recent example is a headline of an article in the latest issue of The Economist "Primogeniture Rules, OK?" next to a photo of two siblings feuding over who should be in charge of their late father's multinational conglomerate.

I've seen this time and again. I thought it would be familiar enough to our friends across the pond.