Old Kinderhook, oll korrect

Word nerding + some history about Kinderhook's favorite son + 19th century hipsters = this Vox video about the history of "OK." (embedded above)

Two things:

1. There's a good chance you've heard all sorts of stories related to OK and Martin Van Buren, and this video quickly highlights some of the history.

2. The origins of OK are a great example of how people have always played around with language and traded what we now call memes. It's just the media that have changed.

See also: Arika Okrent's backgrounder on OK in Mental Floss a few years ago.

Also also: Martin Van Buren's home in Kinderhook is open for tours through November. It's worth a visit sometime.

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