Thursday, July 17, 2008
O.K., o.k., Okay, OK, or okay?
So I learned something interesting. And by interesting I mean interesting to me because I'm a geeky editor who loves words. I've always wondered why the heck when I've typed "okay" in the past it sometimes pulls up as a misspelling. Turns out "okay" is not Merriam-Webster's, a.k.a THE dictionary to use, preferred spelling. It lists OK as the spelling for the word that means "all right." So I guess a long time ago OK did not used to mean "all right" as it does today. It is an abbreviation derived from oll korrect, a facetious alteration of all correct. It dates back to 1839. So I think, if I remember correctly, it's an abbreviation that was used on printer's proof to state that everything was OK, i.e. "all correct." Overtime the meaning and usage of the word has changed to mean "all right." But I personally prefer "okay" to OK. OK seems weird to me. How are you feeling today? I'm feeling OK. It just looks weird. And since the usage has changed I don't think it's appropriate to use it as an abbreviation anymore. And please don't add periods. That just makes it even more awkward. As much as I love my M-W, I think we're going to have to agree to disagree. I will forever spell it as okay.