. According to Read’s research in the 1960s, “OK” originated in Boston in the 1830s. Back then, comical abbreviations and silly misspellings were a big fad among writers in New England newspapers. .... Besides being funny, the abbreviations took up far less precious newspaper space than complete words. (Modern equivalent: texting the phrase “OMG.”)
And then there was OW, which stood for “oll wright,” a 19th-century equivalent to “all right.” Oll wright didn’t make it to the modern day....— OK, which meant the same thing but was short for “oll korrect.”The first known use of OK in print in this way dates to a March 1838 Boston Morning Post article by journalist Charles Gordon Greene (about a group called the Anti-Bell-Ringing Society).