It has traditionally been spelled / written "OK", with both letters capitalized. According to Randall, modern usage of the word is with both letters in lowercase "ok", or fully spelled out as "okay". Spelling the word as "O.K." with periods in between the letters is rarely used in modern times, so Randall equates this usage to "an alien impersonating a human". According to Wikipedia, "O.K." was used in the 1700s and 1800s.
I think this should have been a table. Put spellings down the side (I've seen a lot of "oki" online; maybe "A-OK" too, or some humorous misspelling) and possible permutations of punctuations and capitalisation across the top. I want to know how "o.k.ay." makes you sound :p
Angel (talk) 17:41, 3 January 2020 (UTC)
- But when you do a single word response, it should just be, "k".
- Hax (talk)
- "'kay" is better, but I've also seen "'k" -- highlighting, perhaps, that the "o" is supposed to be there even if people are lazy and cut off too much when speaking and writing. 22.214.171.124 06:43, 4 January 2020 (UTC)
- I'm totally fine with "k" - I even use it while speaking. It originates (afaik) from Internet chats generalically and chats in gaming specifically where time efficiency is of essence (you don't deal many headshots while typing ;) ). Another form would be "kk", which is still shorter (to type) than "ok" but is more emphasized as "k". And then - of course - we have Mr Mackey, mkay... Elektrizikekswerk (talk) 08:55, 6 January 2020 (UTC)
- If it's not capitalized, I'm definitely imagining the person making clucking noises, even if I know that's not what they meant... Doesn't everybody read "ok" phonetically, as "ock", as in grok? ;S
- ProphetZarquon (talk) 21:42, 3 January 2020 (UTC)
As of this writing, the title text is wrong. I don't know how to edit it. The current explainXKCD version ends with ("oK".). But the xkcd website ends with ("oK.") The location of the period within the quote changes the meaning of this comment. Agrasin (talk) 20:43, 3 January 2020 (UTC)
- Good catch! I edited it. I was the one who put it in wrong in the first place as well. I had to insert the quotes manually, when I copy-pasted the title text from the inspect tool of xkcd.com and made this error. Things like the title text or the date can be edited easily when you use the edit button on top of the page instead of the small one at the explanation/transcript. --Lupo (talk) 21:13, 3 January 2020 (UTC)
- The period's placement does not necessarily change the meaning of the sentence as its inclusion within the quotation marks does not imply it is part of the quote. Punctuation immediately following a quote goes inside the quotation marks under English grammar. 126.96.36.199 21:23, 3 January 2020 (UTC)
- That's a ridiculously bad rule & I'd hope nobody actually does that. Punctuation should only go inside the quotation marks if it's part of the quote. To put punctuation in where it wasn't used muddles whether the punctuation is part of the quote or part of the sentence containing the quote, & offers no possible benefit to comprehension. Bad rule: Don't do that.
- ProphetZarquon (talk) 21:37, 3 January 2020 (UTC)
- Totally agree although I suspect that english grammar is not supposed to be logical. Also, I think using "oK" would be good idea. -- Hkmaly (talk) 23:03, 3 January 2020 (UTC)
- However, it looks much nicer and mimics proper handwriting, where the comma sign is directly underneath the quotation mark. It's considered proper form for American English, whereas Brits put it outside.
- 188.8.131.52 23:06, 3 January 2020 (UTC)
- No, that's only for comma signs. Periods go inside if it's a part of the quote, outside if it isn't, and in both places if you end your sentence with a quote. "This quoted sentence ends with a period.".
- 184.108.40.206 23:06, 3 January 2020 (UTC)
- I have never seen a double period like that anywhere. Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 05:15, 4 January 2020 (UTC)
- In SWE (Standard Written (American) English), commas and ending punctuation go inside closing quotation marks (probably originating from typewriters allowing a comma and a period to be put _under_ the closing quotation marks). This rule holds true in American English unless there's a very good reason to leave the punctuation on the outside.
- There is a difference between the two following sentences:
- * The teacher said, "There is no test!" (the exclamation point belongs to the teacher's statement)
- * The teacher said, "There is no test"! (the exclamation point belongs to the narrator's statement)
- For cases where there would be ambiguity or a presumed reason to use both external and internal punctuation, writers are advised to rewrite the sentence. There is no grammatical/conventional basis for the following:
- * Did the teacher ask, "Who's there?"?
- Do note that other than commas, punctuation that is not ending punctuation (commonly dashes, colons, semicolons) or containers (parens, brackets, etc) -- depending on how they're used -- belong outside the quotation marks.
- Perhaps the British standard of putting all punctuation on the outside unless it explicitly belongs to the quoted material is more logical, but until some major style manuals in the USA adopt it, it won't be legit in SWE.
- Circling back to the original point (ending with '"oK."' vs '"oK".'), that's one of those situations where the sentence should be reworded to avoid the ambiguity on whether the period belongs to the quoted abbreviation or not.220.127.116.11 18:01, 4 January 2020 (UTC)
- I never paid much attention to this before, but now I see "it." On 2251 Randall follows the same style and puts in punctuaction inside the "quotation marks." --Lupo (talk) 15:09, 6 January 2020 (UTC)
This is kind of like the LEGO bridge question in What If. 18.104.22.168 18:32, 4 January 2020 (UTC)
He forgot the eternal joke - 0K
Come on Randall, you're a person of science22.214.171.124 11:25, 4 January 2020 (UTC)
I just added the bit about the readers' narrative voices (see comments for additional thoughts), but my parenthsisised justification for the 'quoting' looks a bit clunky even to me. Further changes (or at least partial reversion) are welcome, and in fact invited... Fill your boots! 126.96.36.199 20:15, 5 January 2020 (UTC)
I’m not sure about everyone else, but I was *really* weirded out when Randall used ‘ok’ in How To. Like, it threw me off and I had to reread a couple times. I was very surprised. 188.8.131.52 14:11, 6 January 2020 (UTC)
My favorite is O-KAYYYYYYYYY! Rtanenbaum (talk) 15:05, 6 January 2020 (UTC)
Hang the fuck on...capitalised looks old, while spelt out in lower case is normal? Really? REALLY? Quote conventions schmote conventions - I'll use whatever style a client dictates, like the obedient little paycheck-chasing copywriter that I am - but "OK" is pretty much universal as far as I'm concerned.
I'm going to cling to this being a transatlantic difference, to "OK" being normal, to "ok" being a typo, to clamping my hands over my ears and saying "Lalala I'm not listening" to anyone who says otherwise, and to thumping anyone who pulls said hands from said ears square in the nose.Yorkshire Pudding (talk) 20:39, 12 January 2020 (UTC)
- Maybe you are just kind of... old? Many people who are just using chat programs, especially on the phone, do not bother with using the shift key at all. So it seems to be quite common to use lower case for a word that isn't even an abbrevation anymore, but just a regular word. ok? --Lupo (talk) 07:27, 13 January 2020 (UTC)
- As I believe I pointed out before: Lalala I'm not listening. That said though...I get it, but whether it's an abbreviation or not isn't really the be-all & end-all of whether it's capitalised. Names aren't abbreviations and they're capitalised...usually...while e.g. and i.e. (et al) are abbreviations and they aren't. It's all just convention, and conventions change, often via a period of people doing it "wrongly" before it's accepted. I think the existence of this comic and the ensuing discussion proves we're still in the transitional period...although it seems we may be much further through it than I thought. Yorkshire Pudding (talk) 16:54, 15 January 2020 (UTC)
New comic up
The new comic is already up. As the bot is not working, someone has to insert it manually. It is quite easy with a bit of trial and error and the tutorial on User:DgbrtBOT. It should be done by a user who is on here for a time with an account (and has by that earned the right to upload files.) - I will not be able to do so myself within the next ~10 hours, as I will not be on my own computer. --Lupo (talk) 08:21, 6 January 2020 (UTC)
- I just made an account to do this before i checked this talk page lol
- I've changed the List_of_all_comics page (first step on User:DgbrtBOT) but NOTHING ELSE. Ty all
- Side note: I was going to write 'LOL' before i realized the content of this comic and got self-conscious of it. Soulus (talk) 09:40, 6 January 2020 (UTC)
- I have created the new page 2251 - looking forward to your explanations, cause I'm lost on that one... --Kynde (talk) 10:52, 6 January 2020 (UTC)
Personally, I settled this question because I favor the Choctaw Indian origin for the the word "okay", which means it comes from "okeh", and therefore it makes sense to spell it out as "okay". I sometimes actually spell it okeh, but only to people who'd be able to figure out what I mean. —Kazvorpal (talk) 16:58, 23 January 2020 (UTC)
He forgot the worst one out there —