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“OK” Celebrates Its 174th Birthday

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One of the most overused phrases in the English language celebrates its birthday today.  According to the History Channel, “OK” entered America’s vocabulary on this date in 1839.  According to the network, the hipsters of that era created the phrase through blatant misspellings.  It wasn’t until a major newspaper picked up on the phrase that “OK” started to become popular.

Of all the abbreviations used during that time, OK was propelled into the limelight when it was printed in the Boston Morning Post as part of a joke. Its popularity exploded when it was picked up by contemporary politicians.

Why am I not surprised that a politician would take something from pop culture and try to use it for personal gain?

 

 

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