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MONDAY, MARCH 25: COINING A PHRASEProfile America —
Monday, March 25th.
One of the most distinctive and near universal American colloquialisms — the affirmation "OK" — appeared in public for the first time this week in 1839. There have been claims that "OK" derives from languages as diverse as Greek and Choctaw and that it appeared in earlier American documents, but it was first published in a Boston Morning Post story, with a brief definition. While "ok" took off around the country and eventually the world, time ko'd the Boston Post, which folded in 1956, after 125 years of publication. Today in the U.S., there are nearly 8,500 newspaper publishers still doing okay in this digital age. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy from the American Community Survey at
www.history.com2007 Economic Census, NAICS 5111
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at
http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau