Saw this blurb on BoingBoing and thought it was interesting. Use this tidbit to amaze your friends at your next dinner party. Aaaaand, you're welcome.
"Today, "OK" is probably one of the most universally known English words. But it originated in 1839 as a joke, mocking the semi-literate, who supposedly spelled "all correct" as "oll korrect". Basically, OK was the "Get a Brain! MORANS" of its day."