Why do we say ‘OK’? It started as an inside joke but blew up when it hit the mainstream.


Why do we say ‘OK’? It started as an inside joke but blew up when it hit the mainstream.


You may be surprised to learn that the universally recognized term for neutral affirmation, “OK,” has humble linguistic roots. It all started as a cheesy inside joke amongst Boston hipsters. Back in the 1830s, it was cool among Boston’s intellectual class to intentionally misspell abbreviations. They coined “KC” for “’knuff ced,” “OW” for “oll wright,” “KY” for “know yuse,” and “OK” for “oll korrect.”

The abbreviations are similar to Cockney rhyming slang, a form of wordplay where phrases are substituted with rhyming words. For example, a phone is known as the “dog and bone” and stairs are called, “apple and pears.”

“OK” found a mainstream audience after it was first used in an article published in the Boston Morning Post on March 23, 1839. Soon after, the tongue-in-cheek joke spread to newspapers across the country.

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Man takes ‘Where’s Waldo?’ to the streets in Vancouver and loves photobombing people

“Where’s Waldo?” (known as “Where’s Wally?” in the UK) is a beloved children’s puzzle book crafted by the English illustrator Martin Handford. It captivated our attention for extended periods as we eagerly searched for Waldo. Recognizable by his distinctive red-and-white-striped shirt, bobble hat and glasses, Waldo became an iconic character. Readers are challenged to locate a character named Wally who has been hidden among the group. In both 1991 and 2019, the books served as inspiration for two animated television shows. The enduring charm of the series continues to captivate individuals like Andrew Pick, who has ingeniously transformed his Instagram account (@waldopic) into a tangible, real-life rendition of the classic “Where’s Waldo?” experience.

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Curvy and Confident: These stylish retro swimsuits empower every body type

IBody positivity and empowerment have become essential aspects of the fashion world, and swimwear is no exception. Embracing your curves and feeling confident in your own skin should be a universal experience. Luckily, finding that confidence is easier than ever, thanks to Unique Vintage. With their stylish, retro-inspired swimsuits, everyone can unleash their inner pinup and feel fabulous at the beach or by the pool.

Unique Vintage

Unique Vintage is a one-of-a-kind brand that marries the charm of the past with contemporary designs for every person and every body type. This vintage-loving company aims to create inclusive, diverse, and fashionable swimwear that makes everyone feel like they belong, regardless of their size or shape. With sizes ranging from XS to 5X, Unique Vintage is committed to celebrating body diversity and promoting self-love.

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Woman with unexplained mental illness cured after attempting to jump off Golden Gate Bridge

Editor’s Note: This story discusses suicide. If you are having thoughts about taking your own life or know of anyone who is in need of help, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a United States-based suicide prevention network of over 200+ crisis centers that provides 24/7 service via a toll-free hotline with the number 9-8-8. It is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

Mental illness is something many people experience, but we don’t always correlate physical ailments with declining mental health. Chronic illnesses that include intense pain or some other uncontrollable condition, like seizures, can cause a person to experience depression. According to the Cleveland Clinic, “Depression is one of the most common complications of chronic illness.”

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Slow motion video of jumping baby goats is a great life lesson in disguise

Look, you’re busy. You’ve got stuff that needs to be done today. Do you really have time to watch tiny baby goats jump in slow motion? Will that really add anything of value to your life?

Actually, the answer is yes. Because watching tiny baby goats jump in slow motion is not only exceedingly entertaining, it’s actually a simple life lesson in disguise.

These little guys hail from Sunflower Farm Creamery in Maine, where 60 (yes, 60) goats are born each year. Sunflower Farm promises that even if you didn’t love goats before, you will after watching videos from its Youtube channel showing the wee babes run, play, hop and snuggle. I mean, there’s another video showing the goats in pajamas…what’s not to love?

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