Searching, the hard way

11 Apr

Looking through a book magazine during routine collection development, I learned an interesting tidbit about something I’ve always wondered: the origin of “ok.”

There’s a whole book on it, in fact, and the development/history of the word. But the earliest history of it was written long before Google or ready reference as we think of it. I can’t imagine all the painstaking effort someone went to in order to dig up the origins of this little catch-all.

As it turns out, “ok” is an editor’s intentional misspelling of “all correct”, a joke of sorts, first published in the Boston Post, on March 23, 1839.

That’s a lot of microfilm!

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