March 23, 1839 — “OK” appeared in newspaper for first time

It was in the Boston Post.

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We are grateful “OK” came into being. It made possible our motto, “It’s OK to Be Dull.”

A good topic for Dull Men’s Club meetings is the origins of Okay, O.K., and OK. Wikipedia has 15 pages on this fascinating topic, click here.

Stories about the origin vary:

  • OK is the initials of “Oll Korrect,” which is a misspelling of “all correct.”
  • OK is the initials of ‘Old Kinderhook,” which is a nickname for President martin Van Buren that stemmed from his birthplace Kinderhook, NY.
  • It’s from the Choctaw Indian word “okeh.