March 23, 1839, exactly 179 years ago today, the phrase ‘OK’ went mainstream in the United States.
Back in those days, kids played with initials of misspelled words for instance KY (Know Yuse) for “No Use”.
OK stock when on March 23rd, 1839, the Boston Post wrote an editorial using the phrase for “All Correct”. In other words, OK (Oll Korrect) was put forward as the abbreviation of the misspelled phrase “All Correct.”
OK eventually gained widespread acceptance and is now an everyday phrase all over the world. However, not many know its true origin especially that it came as a misspelling for “All Correct.”