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Coining a Phrase

March 20, 2014

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Profile America — Thursday, March 20th. One of the most distinctive and near universal American colloquialisms — the affirmation "OK" — appeared in public for the first time this month in 1839. There have been claims that "OK" derives from languages as diverse as Greek and Choctaw and that it appeared in earlier American documents, but it was first published in a Boston Morning Post story, with a brief definition. While "ok" took off around the country and eventually the world, time KO'd the Boston Post, which folded in 1956 after 125 years of publication. Today in the U.S., there are around 6,900 daily, weekly or other newspaper publishers still doing OK in this digital age. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at <www.census.gov>.

Sources: http://famousdaily.com/history/first-published-use-of-term-ok.html

http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ECN_2007_US_51SLLS1&prodType=table NAICS 5111

http://oxforddictionaries.com/words/what-is-the-origin-of-the-word-ok


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | Last Revised: February 21, 2014