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Are there any other accronyms which became a language construct like "OK"?

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Easy as ABC, DDT, LS/MFT, NO, BB, OO, and AAA. –  John Lawler Jul 5 '13 at 21:09
Are you asserting that you searched heaven and earth and OK is the only acronym that became a language construct in English? –  Kris Jul 8 '13 at 7:07
@Kris, no. That's the only I know, in spoken language. In written, there's also e.g., i.e., etc. But thinking of it, AM & PM and BC & AD could be considered too. –  Ondra Žižka Jul 8 '13 at 10:55
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I was actually just talking to my wife about how fascinating it is that the word OK (okay) has probably only existed for less than 200 years, yet it is arguably the most widely used word in the world.

Unfortunately, I can't think of any other acronyms that have become such an integral part of the English language. They usually just become nouns like "scuba" or "radar."

I recommend the book "Word Myths: Debunking Linguistic Urban Legends" for some pretty comprehensive research on the origins of OK as well as other words or phrases that have origin stories that are too good to be true.

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I... I don't understand. You say you can't think of any other examples, then proceed to name two in the very next sentence. What do you mean, nouns are not an integral part of the English language? I am not following. –  RegDwigнt Jul 5 '13 at 23:50
I would just argue that it's hard to think of many acronyms that have gone on to mean much bigger things than what they originally stood for. RADAR and SCUBA don't go very far beyond their original meaning. –  activepassive Jul 6 '13 at 2:28
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