Okay Etymology: Why Do We Say "Okay" And Where Did It Come From?


As one of our most commonly used colloquialisms, "okay" is so much a part of our language and culture that it is hard to imagine a time when it wasn't used. Obviously, it had to start somewhere, but no one is exactly sure about the origin of the term. The general consensus is that it came from the election campaign of President Martin Van Buren, but "okay" may have much older roots. Let's look at the etymology of "okay."