The Use Of The Word “OK” In Indonesia



The use of the word or word usage is how a word, phrase, or concept is used in a language. Lexicographers gather samples of written or spoken instances where a word is used and analyze them to determine patterns of regional or social usage as well as meaning. "OK" is the most recognized word in the world. There are quite a lot of different uses of the word "OK" in Indonesia with English as the origin of this word. In this paper I would describe about the definition of the word ok as slang, this various meaning, word usage, and the changes of meaning of the Word okay in Indonesia.

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that is widely recognised by most dictionaries is that 'OK' is an abbreviation for 'oll korrect', a humorous play on the words 'all correct'. In the early 19th Century, newspapers did not just feature serious news; they also had lots of humour and fiction. Humourists liked to deliberately misspell words. For example, they would spell words like 'no' as 'know'. It was also a fad back then to use abbreviations. So a misspelled 'oll wright' (all right) could become 'OW'. And the first known printing of the word 'OK' was in the newspaper the Boston Morning Post on 23 March, 1839, in this context: 'He of the Journal, and his train-band, would have the "contributions box", et ceteras, o.k. - all correct - and cause the corks to fly.' And thus, it is assumed that 'OK' was a play on the words 'all correct'.

The term 'OK' was only popular for a while. Eventually it disappeared. But it was later revived when the Democrats in New York, USA sponsored their ...

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Added: 4/24/2012 10:03:11 PM
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