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  • OK Sauce was usually on the table when I was growing up. Reading the label, with, as I remember, a couple of sources (ahem) for the expression may have been one of the first stimuli (stimuluses?) to my interest in language. Anyone share that? Maybe a social class thing, a SE England thing?

  • Lol, I always thought OK was derived from Okey Dokey. Maybe it’s the other way around.

  • According to the Sequiotica guy, some in North America say ‘Kai’, in imitation of an Aussie accent.

  • John: Yes, it’s definitely the other way around!

    Gerry: Interesting. There are a great many versions of it in use in different communities.

  • I was watching OUTLANDER last night, and in one scene I am sure i heard Mary say to a dying Alex, “You are going to be OK”. Perhaps i misheard, but at the time it bothered me that the scriptwriters MAY have used this word in a conversation meant to be set in the 1740’s. Later on that evening I started thinking about how often the Scots said “Och Aye” and if you say it quickly and often, it really does sound like “OK”. Like everything in life there are always many tributaries that flow into the one sea – and all the arguments have merit – but I think I will hold onto the “Och Aye” rationale!

  • That’s an interesting example, karlene. Not having seen Outlander, I can’t comment on what the character said. But film and TV scripts often contain anachronisms like this. Interpreting it as ‘Och aye’ is good way to sidestep the problem and keep your disbelief suspended!