Happy Anniversary, OK!

Watching CBS Sunday Morning is one of my favorite weekend pastimes. This news show is nothing but feel-good feature stories, and I enjoy having a hot cup of coffee or three while I watch every minute of it.

Last Sunday included a segment that particularly appealed to me, and if you read any of our posts about National Grammar Day, it won’t come as a surprise that I enjoyed this particular segment. It was a story by Mo Rocca about the history behind the word “OK,” and the fact that today marks the 175th anniversary of the invention of the word. English professor Allan Metcalf believes it is America’s most successful export. Why?

“There’s no other word that is widely recognized throughout the world,” Metcalf told Rocca.

Check out the story for yourself:

I’m sure you’ve seen OK spelled lots of ways: Okay, O.K., OK. For the record, you should know that the Associated Press Stylebook has an opinion on how to spell it: it’s OK.

I hope you have a better-than-OK day!