Re: English Only (was: New Mexico bilingualism)

marsha chuk (chukm@ERE.UMONTREAL.CA)
Thu, 29 Aug 1996 22:01:36 -0400

On Fri, 30 Aug 1996, Iain Walker wrote:

> I wonder how many words in the English language _aren't_ derived from
> other languages. The list would be very short. I think "okay" would
> qualify. :^)
> Iain Walker * Dept. of Anthropology * University of Sydney
> *

Hold onto your shortlist!
The term OK (19th cent) may come from the OK Club, 1840, founded by
supporters of Martin Van Buren for president of the U.S. And this Dutch
descendent's birthplace was a part of New York settled by the Dutch called
Oud Kinderhoek -> Old Kinderhook -> OK.

Mit einem freundlichen cheerio,
marsha chuk