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Okay    Posted 09-05-2004 at 05:06:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
OK, O.K., okay, okey, okeh
Was likely first written or recorded in the Americas in a English or French or maybe Spainish alphabet. The word theoretically came from darkest Africa aboard (in) the holds of Dutch slave ships and was extensively used in colonial slave quarters, the word eventually written and recorded by a literate white man, most likely in his journals or records kept of slave work records.
I think the words or word’s credit should be properly be given to the same peoples who gave this country Jazz, Blues, broom jumping and other regional customs which have given this nation its melting pot status. Not some New England Bostonian want-a-be recognized genius anxious to get his name in print over an incomplete story written without all the facts.
I have read some of those old papers doing family research and found a many a sensationally written tale. Not to unlike I have seen across the boards many improving with each retelling. Thankfully I am one of the few above such practices. What I am saying more serious research needs to be preformed before this word credit is closed in a 1839 article in the Boston Morning Post.
If ever deadcarp was needed, it is here. The gentleman and scholar, that he is, he would know where to look for additional info covering or delving into this subject.

Salmoneye    Posted 09-05-2004 at 05:36:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Orl Korrekt...

SusieQ    Posted 09-05-2004 at 06:18:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you read the old farmers almanac in 1700's and the spelling of the words, it is hard to follow, yep....the english language has improved alot.

Fern(Mi)    Posted 09-05-2004 at 05:52:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Most enlightening, Salmoneye. I thank you.
It would seem, "people from all over the globe want a part of it."
And, that is alright with me. What I had seen of the African influence I had seen on Public TV some years a go and as you might have guessed I was impressed.
So, it seems credit for the word's(?) usage needs to be shared rather than pinned down to 1839 news paper artical nor 1840 presidentual degree.

It is a toughy...    Posted 09-05-2004 at 05:57:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am not sure I 'believe' any of the 'origins', but it is fun to think about and research...


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