Want to know America’s lingustic gift to the world? Okay.
No, that’s it, the word “okay.” If you travel or scan global broadcasting you’ll hear it used by speakers of many languages, but the word came from the USA, coined in 1839 by Boston journalist Charles Gordon Greene (1804-1886).
“Did you know a journalist coined the word ‘OK’?” Mignon Fogarty, MuckRack
OK: The Improbable Story of America’s Greatest Word, Allen Metcalf (Oxford, 2010)
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