However, you can extend the Ngram window earlier to 1840. Other people say a railroad worker named Obadiah Kelly invented the word long ago. It is pronounced the same way. So here are just some of the theories some of which are, in reality, just attempts to fix an earliest date, and some of which are highly fanciful! Discussion of the term's etymology fell to newspapers, memoirists, and language observers of varying levels of qualification. African etymologies of English words maybe have a habit of going missing. But it's okay if they wanna do it.
The origins of okay are not known with certainty, and have been the subject of much discussion and academic interest over the years. Even during the 1911—1948 interval, such serious students of etymology as Richard Thornton, Ernest Weekley, and H. Twelve days later a new club made its first public appearance by an announcement of a meeting to be held March 24, 1840. From Eric Partridge, A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, first edition 1937 : o. A relationship is something that takes a lot of work and should not be entered into lightly. One story says it was first used during the early days of the telephone to tell an operator that a message had been received. Clubs soon formed to support VanBuren's campaign.
Telling them that their disappointment is a harsher punishment than anything they could think of is probably not going to work. I live in the oceans, rivers, and sea. You are going to have different tastes in women or men as you will have in food, drink, clothing, and art. In Dutch, oke, ok and okay are also used, but are less common in the formal written language. I think that is closer to the truth that the Spanish padre that sailed with Columbus was so impressed with the innocence of the Natives he observed that he called them Los Ninos in Dios.
Some people say it came from the Native American Indian tribe known as the Choctaw. Kinderhook, New York, was where many of the club members were from, thus the word has a double meaning. Though Frederic Cassidy challenged Dalby's claims, asserting that there is no documentary evidence that any of these African-language words had any causal link with its use in the American press, one can certainly wonder at the fact that this standard of written proof does not account for the illiteracy in which the West African speakers were kept during the period of slavery in question. Charles Gordon Greene, editor of the Boston Morning Post, came up with an abbreviation -- o. His argument was reprinted in various newspaper articles between 1969 and 1971. In a 1940 article, someone at the Cleveland Public Library suggested that this may be the origin.
A Petersburg Virginia newspaper article The Nottoway Indians of March 17, 1820 mentions Queen Edie Turner as the keeper of this early American language, saved by Jefferson for posterity. You may also be interested in: Or take a look at:. And it has spread to almost every country on Earth. Various challenges to the etymology were presented; e. I run all day but cannot walk.
I believe that Ok is frontier Choctaw, Okeh pronounced okay , and was given a non-native etymology as part of the program of erasing native contributions from the collective memory. Like in a region with many spanish speakers, the following acronym might be funny: C. } All right; correct: now commonly used as an indorsement, as on a bill. He was the first American to be launched into space. And so in this era of political correctness even the great Sicangu author, Joe Marshall, has to admit that he is also faced with this recurring dilemma.
What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common? The multitudinous other theories During 1840, American politicians used the term frequently, and dreamt up many absurd and often pointed origins. I've seen a list on the net somewhere. On Friday, come the Indomitables—O. I'm cold and hard and never kind. When I'm cold, I float. These vocabulary words sent by Jefferson were analyzed by Esquire DuPonceau in his reply letter to Jefferson of July 12, 1820, as a branch of the general language of the Powhatan's similar to the Iroquoian dialect language. A girl can date whoever she wants to, age doesn't matter.
Over the years, a variety of explanations have been offered. Dear Cecil: This question seems like such an obvious candidate for your column that someone must have asked it before. General Jackson was frequently among the Choctaws and Chickasaws before he became famous. The corresponding verb was soon null-derived¹ from this initialism around 1882. The language spread across the country. And in the twentieth century, more and more it was spelled okay, completely distancing it from any abbreviation and transforming it into an ordinary word.
There are also funny ways to say okay. Tim Giago, an Oglala Lakota, was born, raised and educated on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. You are worried that if you are not attracted so much to girls there might be something wrong with you. The first general dictionary to give O. Only more recently has the term been used more predominantly in North America. But thanks to the late U.
From Midford Mathews, A Dictionary of Americanisms on Historical Principles 1951 : O. Also make sure the battery is not leaking acid. So how and when did the efforts to politicize the name start? Rarely, and if the person losses this job or moves, how do they expect to get another good job? The Choctaw word okeh means the same as the American word okay. The Choctaw okeh hypothesis was put forward on two separate occasions in 1885 and again in 1894 by the same man—W. Because it is a recent word born of word play, and because it is so widely used, O. Its true origin was gradually forgotten. The earliest written evidence for the Choctaw origin is provided in work by the missionaries and Alfred Wright in 1825.