Why Do We Say Okay? – One other Query from My Daughters

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Final night time throughout dinner one among my daughters requested, “what does okay imply?” My different daughter shortly adopted up with, “yeah, why do we are saying that?” The primary query we have been in a position to reply pretty shortly and in a means {that a} five-year-old can perceive. The second query was a bit more durable to reply. I knew that I had watched a video that answered that query in some unspecified time in the future in the previous few years. So after my daughters went to mattress I did a fast search of my archives which introduced me to this video produced by Vox. 

By watching Why We Say “OK” you may be taught the place OK originated and the roles of a presidential marketing campaign, the telegraph, and railroads in spreading using “OK” till it turned commonplace to say it. The video additionally teaches viewers why some companies use “Ok” to switch “C” in product names.

Vox’s video about “OK” jogged my memory Phrases of the World. Phrases of the World is a set of movies that includes historians and linguists explaining the origins of and historical past of using phrases within the English language. The movies try and put the phrases right into a considerably trendy context. For instance this video in regards to the phrase “guerrilla” makes reference to Che Guevara. The video I’ve embedded beneath explains the phrase “coup.”

Functions for Schooling
Phrases of the World might be an instructive mannequin on your personal lesson combining historical past and language arts. Have your college students choose a phrase or two that they assume is frequent and analysis it. Then have them create their very own brief movies during which they clarify the historical past of these phrases. You would possibly even have them analysis the dialect of the areas during which they dwell. For instance, the place I dwell now we have a Vary Pond. Most individuals would pronounce that as vary, like “residence on the vary” but everybody round right here pronounces it as rang as in “the bell rang.”  I am unsure why that’s the case, however I’d love to seek out out.


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