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It’s All OK!

Is it all OK? On this day in 1839, the initials “O.K.” are first published in The Boston Morning Post. Meant as an abbreviation for “oll korrect,” a popular slang misspelling of “all correct” at the time, OK steadily made its way into the everyday speech of Americans. Of all the abbreviations used during that time, OK was propelled into the limelight when it was printed in the Boston Morning Post as part of a joke. During the late 1830s, it was a favorite practice among younger, educated circles to misspell words intentionally, then abbreviate them and use them as slang when talking to one another. Just as teenagers today have their own slang based on distortions of common words, such as “k

May the Luck of the Irish Be With You

On this day in 461 A.D., Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, met his heavenly reward in Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland. Countless legends have grown up around Patrick and most of what is known comes from his book the Confessio. Born in Great Britain, probably in Scotland, to a well-to-do Christian family of Roman citizenship, Patrick was captured and enslaved at age 16 by Irish pirates. For the next six years, he worked as a shephard in Ireland, turning to a deepening religious faith for comfort. Following the counsel of a voice he heard in a dream one night, he escaped and found passage on a ship to Britain, where he was eventually reunited with his family. In Br

Can you Hear Me Now?

141 Years ago today, in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his revolutionary new invention–the telephone. It all began in London, when young Alexander worked with his father, Melville Bell, who developed Visible Speech, a written system used to teach speaking to the deaf. In the 1870s, the Bells moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where the younger Bell found work as a teacher at the Pemberton Avenue School for the Deaf and later married one of his students. While in Boston, Bell became very interested in the possibility of transmitting speech over wires. The invention of the telegraph in 1843 had made nearly instantaneous communication possible between two distant points. The dra

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