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Author Metcalf, Allan
Title Ok : The Improbable Story of America's Greatest Word
Imprint Cary : Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 2010
©2010
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Note Intro -- Contents -- Preface -- 1. Introduction: The ABCs of OK -- 2. A Saturday Morning in Boston -- 3. 1840: Old Kinderhook Is OK -- 4. Hoax: Andrew Jackson's Misspelling -- 5. Aesthetics: The Look and Sound of OK -- 6. False Origins -- 7. The Business of OK -- 8. O.K. Clubs -- 9. The Literary OK -- 10. Oklahoma Is OK -- 11. Okey-Dokey -- 12. Modern OK Literature -- 13. The Practical OK -- 14. The World-and England -- 15. The Lifemanship OK -- 16. The Psychological OK -- 17. The American Philosophy -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- Y -- Z
Metcalf traces the history of "OK" from its unusual birth as a jokey mis-transcribing of "all correct" in the 19th century, its rapid growth in various facets of American life, and its success overseas as the English word that all non-Americans know
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Metcalf, Allan Ok : The Improbable Story of America's Greatest Word Cary : Oxford University Press, Incorporated,c2010 9780195377934
Subject English language -- United States -- Etymology.;English language -- Usage.;Americanisms.;United States -- History -- Terminology
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