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梅特卡夫 (Metcalf Allan A.)

Works: 1 works in 1 publications in 1 language and 6 library holdings
Genres: History  Dictionaries  Terminology 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PE2831, 427.973
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Most widely held works by 梅特卡夫
OK : the improbable story of America's greatest word by Allan A Metcalf( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in Chinese and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is said to be the most frequently spoken (or typed) word on the planet, more common than an infant's first word ma or the ever present beverage Coke. It was even the first word spoken on the moon. It is "OK", the most ubiquitous and invisible of American expressions, one used countless times every day. Yet few of us know the secret history of OK, how it was coined, what it stood for, and the amazing extent of its influence. The author, a writer on language, here traces the evolution of America's most popular word, ranging across American history with portraits of the nooks and crannies in which OK survived and prospered. He describes how OK was born as a lame joke in a newspaper article in 1839, used as a supposedly humorous abbreviation for "oll korrect" (ie, "all correct"), but should have died a quick death, as most clever coinages do. But OK was swept along in a nineteenth century fad for abbreviations, was appropriated by a presidential campaign (one of the candidates being called "Old Kinderhook"), and finally was picked up by operators of the telegraph. Over the next century and a half, it established a firm toehold in the American lexicon, and eventually became embedded in pop culture, from the "I'm OK, You're OK" of 1970's transactional analysis, to Ned Flanders' absurd "Okeley Dokeley!" Indeed, OK became emblematic of a uniquely American attitude, and is one of our most successful global exports
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  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.05 (from 0.05 for OK : the i ... to 0.05 for OK : the i ...)