A Thousand Meanings For Two Little Letters


I both love and hate OK. Not the state of Oklahoma (I've never been, but I'm sure it's lovely), but the word.  I love it for the same reason I hate it, because it can mean so many different things. When it's said, it's pretty easy to gauge the meaning. If it's written, it's hard to tell what those two little letters mean. Especially if there's no context. I like it when I use it, but I hate when others use it. If I explain a genius plan using a million words and get "ok" as an answer, I shake so hard in frustration that  seismic scales register an earthquake.  It was on one such occasion that I began to compose this list. What are you REALLY saying when you say OK?

OK = Yes.
OK= Not really, but I can't think of a good reason to object.
OK= Not really but too afraid to say no.
OK= That's fine.
OK= Why are you even asking me? I really don't care.
OK= I think you're out of your mind.
OK= Whatever!
OK= Leave me alone.
OK= I don't agree with you, but there's no harm in letting you think you're right.
OK= Things are not OK and I'm plotting my revenge.
OK= I don't believe you but I need to respond.
OK= I don't know but I need to respond.
OK= I haven't had my coffee yet so this is all I can manage to type.
 And on the very rare occasion, it is quite possible that OK means okay.