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Okay, since now we know what is the origin of OK (I like the Oll Korrect version), I have another question about it's relative:

What is an "Oki-doki" or "Oki-dokie" or "Okay-dokay"?
What is the correct spelling? Where did it come from?

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    It's rhyming reduplication and the usual spelling is okey-dokey (see the accepted answer in that question).
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Aug 30, 2012 at 9:34
  • nice, why then it has been changed to okEy? Commented Aug 30, 2012 at 9:43
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    For the same reason you suggested Oki-doki -- it's easier to say than okay-dokay. Changing one letter from okay to okey keeps a resemblance with the original -- if ever it should need to be written down, which isn't often.
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Aug 30, 2012 at 9:52
  • It just means Okay or an acknowledgement of agreement
    – user41643
    Commented Apr 1, 2013 at 15:57

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It's rhyming reduplication and the usual spelling is okey-dokey (see the accepted answer in that question). – Andrew Leach

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I think it's a moot question, really. The etymology of the term is disputed, however, current usage is invariably synonymous with the adjective 'alright'.

I recommend using 'alright', 'satisfactory' or another 'grown-up' equivalent in formal or academic settings, 'okay' in informal or dubious communicative spheres, and owt you fucking like in those circles where you can get away with it.

Okie-diddle-dokie?

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  • Never take advice from someone recommending the use of "alright."
    – Erik
    Commented Apr 27, 2021 at 12:53
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Years ago, when I was a child growing up in my homestate of Louisiana, there was a man running for the position of governor. He went by his initials, which were O.K. Allen. Somehow, people started spelling his name, "Okay." and over the years it stuck. "Okay Dokay" is just the slang way.

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  • Have you a reference for this?
    – user867
    Commented Mar 17, 2014 at 2:34

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