Curiosities

July 17, 2008 | 1
  • The Exile, home of the War Nerd, is back online at a new address after being forced to fold their print operation.
  • Lots of folks were excited about Mark Twain being on the cover of Time. So was Season, until she opened the magazine.
  • Will Leitch’s story of meeting Hunter S. Thompson is brilliant, funny, and heartbreaking.
  • The New Anonymous is a literary magazine with a clever concept. According to EarthGoat, “No name on your submission, the readers never see names, the editors are anonymous.” Will anyone submit their work? Who is behind this mysterious mag?
  • Summer book lists, compiled.
  • Ever wonder where the word “ok” comes from?

    “The abbreviation fad began in Boston in the summer of 1838 … OFM, ‘our first men,’ and used expressions like NG, ‘no go,’ GT, ‘gone to Texas,’ and SP, ‘small potatoes.’ Many of the abbreviated expressions were exaggerated misspellings, a stock in trade of the humorists of the day. One predecessor of OK was OW, ‘oll wright,’ and there was also KY, ‘know yuse,’ KG, ‘know go,’ and NS, ’nuff said.’ The general fad may have existed in spoken or informal written American English for a decade or more before its appearance in newspapers. OK’s original presentation as ‘all correct’ was later varied with spellings such as ‘Oll Korrect’ or even ‘Ole Kurreck’. Deliberate word play was associated with the acronym fad and was a yet broader contemporary American fad.”

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One comment:

  1. I had heard that when Civil War leaders were doing a daily account of their casualties, they would write OK – as "zero killed."
    Never let the truth get in the way of a good annecdote.

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