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Author Metcalf, Allan A.

Title OK : the improbable story of America's greatest word / Allan Metcalf.

Published Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  427.973 METC    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 210 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The ABCs of OK -- A Saturday morning in Boston -- 1840 : Old Kinderhook is OK -- Hoax : Andrew Jackson's misspelling -- Aesthetics : the look and sound of OK -- False origins -- The business of OK -- O.K. clubs -- The literary OK -- Oklahoma is OK -- Okey-dokey -- Modern OK literature -- The Practical OK -- The world : and England -- The lifemanship OK -- The psychological OK -- The American philosophy.
Summary Allan Metcalf, a renowned popular writer on language, traces the secret history of OK--how it was coined, what it stood for, and the amazing extent of its influence.
Subject English language -- United States -- Etymology.
English language -- Usage.
United States -- History -- Terminology.
Variant Title O.K.
ISBN 9780195377934 (alk. paper)
0195377931 (alk. paper)