Spurred by Downton Abbey, fabulously wealthy people around the world have decided they must have butlers, and they must have them now. Jeeves must be rolling in his grave—even if he was technically a valet, and a fictional one at that.
"We have all heard the theories: OK is of Choctaw derivation, or possibly West African. Some linguists attribute it to the 'comical misspellings' craze of the 1830s, while others cite Martin Van Buren’s Old Kinderhook campaign, or attempts to lampoon Andrew Jackson as an illiterate who couldn’t manage 'all correct.'"
“Short of a degree in inorganic chemistry—or a bylaw prohibiting the inclusion of anything invented after, say, 1950—the game is nearly impossible.” Sadie Stein on the strange, slow demise of the classic guessing game.