I came across this little discussion about the origin of the term OK and immediately thought of folks who might be researching the language we use while texting.
It seems that the practice of abbreviating words has been around for quite some time now.
It wasn’t as strange as it might seem for the author to coin OK as an abbreviation for “all correct.” There was a fashion then for playful abbreviations like i.s.b.d (it shall be done), r.t.b.s (remains to be seen), and s.p. (small potatoes). They were the early ancestors of OMG, LOL, and tl;dr. A twist on the trend was to base the abbreviations on alternate spellings or misspellings, so “no go” was k.g. (know go) and “all right” was o.w. (oll write).Â
You can read the entireÂ article atÂ What’s the Real Origin of “OK”? | Mental Floss.