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What is the proper usage of either of these terms? Which term is more grammatically correct?

EDIT: SO I made a poll

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Which derivative of OK do you like the best?
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O.K.
Okay
Otay
Hmmkay
Okie Dokie
Okalee Dokalee
m'k
mkay
k
In the manner of old kinderhook
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Okay is a word. OK is an abbreviation. If you're writing in a context where abbreviations make sense, then OK is okay.

I've seen people use O.K. instead of OK, but I think that defeats the purpose.
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I use okay, but OK is okay. Okay?
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Rubric wrote:
then OK is okay.


OK is not okay
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From Garner's Modern American Usage:

okay; OK; O.K. Each of these is okay. Although OK predominates in highly informal contexts, okay has an advantage in edited English; it more easily lends itself to cognate forms such as okays, okayer, okaying, and okayed. The term is a casualism in any event, but okay is slightly more dressed up than OK. Some purists prefer OK simply because it's the original form. It is, after all, the most successful Americanism ever--perhaps the best-known word on the planet...


Personally, I like okay just because all caps in the middle of a sentence draw undue attention and slow reading.
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ordago wrote:
Rubric wrote:
then OK is okay.


OK is not okay

I think OK is perfectly okay, k?

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Sungarden3 wrote:
ordago wrote:
Rubric wrote:
then OK is okay.


OK is not okay

I think OK is perfectly okay, k?



mkay
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EYE of NiGHT wrote:
Sungarden3 wrote:
ordago wrote:
Rubric wrote:
then OK is okay.


OK is not okay

I think OK is perfectly okay, k?



mkay


sometimes abbreviated as m'k!
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Gunfight at the OK corral!
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okie dokey. OD? oday?
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matthew.marquand wrote:
okie dokey. OD? oday?


as long as no one says otay

i don't know why but that expression just sounds ridiculuously stupid to me, whether it's buckwheat or not
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The origins of O.K. go back to the days when Martin Van Buren was President of the United States. President Van Buren was from Kinderhook, New York and his nickname was "Old Kinderhook". To say things were "O.K." was a reference to being "in the manner of Old Kinderhook". His Whig party detractors used it as a pejorative term during his re-election campaign of 1840, while his Democrat party supporters used it to signify that everything was correct.

Van Buren lost the election to William Henry Harrison, but the term O.K. stuck around in its positive incarnation. Therefore, it should properly be referred to as OK or O.K. and not Okay.
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The origins of O.K. go back to the days when Martin Van Buren was President of the United States. President Van Buren was from Kinderhook, New York and his nickname was "Old Kinderhook". To say things were "O.K." was a reference to being "in the manner of Old Kinderhook". His Whig party detractors used it as a pejorative term during his re-election campaign of 1840, while his Democrat party supporters used it to signify that everything was correct.

Van Buren lost the election to William Henry Harrison, but the term O.K. stuck around in its positive incarnation. Therefore, it should properly be referred to as OK or O.K. and not Okay.


I disagree. The proper usage should be "in the manner of Old Kinderhook."

Example:

"How are the eggs today?"

"Oh, they're in the manner of Old Kinderhook."

"That's good to hear. Well, I'm off to school."

"In the manner of Old Kinderhook!"

"You're wierd."
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I'm a lumberjack and I'm in the manner of Old Kinderhook...


I liked it.
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MWChapel wrote:
I'm a lumberjack and I'm in the manner of Old Kinderhook...


I liked it.




OMG, I just about splorfed!
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OMG, I just about splorfed!


And that's quite Old Kinderhook.
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Rubric wrote:

Okay is a word. OK is an abbreviation. If you're writing in a context where abbreviations make sense, then OK is okay.

I've seen people use O.K. instead of OK, but I think that defeats the purpose.
Okay is not a word. OK is indeed an abbreviation, but not for okay; OK abbreviates "Oll Korrect." Okay is somebody trying desperately to turn an abbreviation back into a word, and failing.

Bonus points: "Mr." abbreviates "Mister." What does "Mrs." abbreviate?
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wmshub wrote:


Bonus points: "Mr." abbreviates "Mister." What does "Mrs." abbreviate?


Mistress?
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wmshub wrote:
Bonus points: "Mr." abbreviates "Mister." What does "Mrs." abbreviate?

Don't know about your neck of the woods, but in my home Mrs. is an abbreviation for "My Royal Sovereign".
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wmshub wrote:
Bonus points: "Mr." abbreviates "Mister." What does "Mrs." abbreviate?


SubMaRine?
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Bearcat89 wrote:
The origins of O.K. go back to the days when Martin Van Buren was President of the United States. President Van Buren was from Kinderhook, New York and his nickname was "Old Kinderhook". To say things were "O.K." was a reference to being "in the manner of Old Kinderhook". His Whig party detractors used it as a pejorative term during his re-election campaign of 1840, while his Democrat party supporters used it to signify that everything was correct.

Van Buren lost the election to William Henry Harrison, but the term O.K. stuck around in its positive incarnation. Therefore, it should properly be referred to as OK or O.K. and not Okay.


Actually this etymology is in dispute. Another theory is that O.K. is short for "Oll Korrect" a comical misspelling that poked fun at Andrew Jackson's poor spelling. If this etymology is correct then it should be okaye to spell oak-A however you want.
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OK Go is a boring band with some good videos.

Okay isa good band for those who can handle the singer's on-the-verge-of-death voice.
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MWChapel wrote:
wmshub wrote:


Bonus points: "Mr." abbreviates "Mister." What does "Mrs." abbreviate?


Mistress?
OK, so maybe I was the only person who was surprised when I found out.
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wmshub wrote:
MWChapel wrote:
wmshub wrote:


Bonus points: "Mr." abbreviates "Mister." What does "Mrs." abbreviate?


Mistress?
OK, so maybe I was the only person who was surprised when I found out.


So now you owe Chapel a cookie.
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Prismcat wrote:
wmshub wrote:
MWChapel wrote:
wmshub wrote:


Bonus points: "Mr." abbreviates "Mister." What does "Mrs." abbreviate?


Mistress?
OK, so maybe I was the only person who was surprised when I found out.


So now you owe Chapel a cookie.


I think that would be in a manner of old kinderhook.


//Totally digging this!
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