BEING A CURIOUS PHRASE, COMMONLY USED, FROM UNEXPECTEDLY PRESIDENTIAL ROOTS
adj./adv. — all correct; satisfactory; good
—of a person: decent, trustworthy
—of a person: comfortable, at ease
int. — expressing assent or approval
— interrogative addition to a clause that expects approval (“I’ll clean my room, OK?)
— conversational filler
n. — an endorsement, authorization
fm. English compounds: oll korrect, a jocular alteration of “all correct” of a type popular in the 1840s. Further reenforced by common association with Martin Van Buren, aka “Old Kinderhook,” during his incumbent run for president in 1840. New York’s Democratic O.K. Club spearheaded his campaign.
first published. 1839
inspiration. curiosity, OK?