HAPPY NEW YEAR! OK? OK!

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It’s okay.

OK.

A-o.k.

Okeydokey.

O period K period.

From the Scottish dialect och aye.

According to trusty Webster.

Which means “ah yes” or “oh yes.”

And Gaelic och (“ah, oh”).

OK became an American colloquialism.

First known usage was March 23, 1839.

By C. G. Greene.

An editor at the Boston Morning Post newspaper.

He facetiously misspelled “all correct” as “oll korrect.”

The “OK” abbreviation for that stuck.

And we’ve been okaying ever since.

There was even a book back in the Sixties:

I’m OK – You’re OK.

Nothing’s wrong.

Bien.

Va bene.

Bon.

Bueno.

Everything’s gonna be alright.

As the Bob Marley song goes.

BTW, that’s become Jamaica’s tourist promo.

But it might could work for the rest of the world too.

Not just to attract tourists.

But something to live by.

Everything’s gonna be alright.

Everything is okay.

In Ordnung.

D’accord.

Ca va.

Ceart go leor.

Esta bem.

Goed.

Godt.

Hao.

Okay in any language is okay.

Because okay goes round the world.

Okei.

Dobrze.

Bo.

Seung-in.

Hai.

Akey.

Ayos.

Vse v poryadke.

No matter where…

No matter when…

No matter how…

No matter who…

No matter what…

We want things to be OK.

We want to feel okay.

And that’s okay.

That’s Mason.

Read more poetry!

Renee Walker is a poet, writer, and real estate broker on the Square with her canine assistant, Buster.  

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