"OK" Started As A Joke Abbreviation

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The 1839 editors at the "Boston Morning Post" accidentally coined the popular word "OK," one of the most widely understand words on Earth. It was first used in place of "Oll Korrect," but it was an abbreviation used only because they found it comical. Eventually, OK was used in telegraphs and on documents to indicate that they were approved. President Woodrow Wilson is the one responsible for integrating OK into America's lexicon.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. The word "OK" was invented as a joke by newspaper editors. 00:14

  2. Martin Van Buren's re-election campaign popularized the word OK. 00:27

  3. Mark Twain never wrote the word OK. 00:44

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