OK, it’s a deal. OK, agreed. Let’s do it. Compromise. Sign, sealed and delivered. All korrect. The neon image of two hands shaking (above) cements the idea of the meaning of OK into a more forceful realm, one that’s likely to stick around for a long time.
Imagine, for a moment, that the sign only said “OK.” The meaning of the word changes significantly. “OK” is washed-out yes. I can show little enthusiasm. Two hands shaking enhances the meaning of “OK,” giving it extra shove with a business-like touch, solidifying the idea of “yes.” A serious “yes.”
So too, can OK mean “maybe,” or even “no.” Consider a scenario where one person asks another to join them at their home for Christmas when they live 3,000 miles away. You’re likely to get an “OK” from both parties, while both know that the final result will be “no.” Here “OK” might bring on disappointment.
So should OK be streamlined to mean what it says and says what it means? Probably not in the human realm. As time marches on so does the meaning of “OK.”by