"The two-letter word 'OK' just may be the most frequently uttered phrase in the English-speaking world. OK implies assent, agreement, approval, authorization, even endorsement. In Obama parlance, it means 'yes you can.' Though in many ways, OK conveys even more optimism than yes because yes can sometimes mean something quite negative—such as when it’s the honest answer to the question, 'Is this the worst meal you've ever had in your whole life?' Of course, OK doesn't always mean something is great; sometimes it means that something is, well, just OK. Yet, OK (like 'No,' its linguistic opposite) proves that little words and little things in general can have a big impact."
--Irena Chalmers, "Little things, big impact,"
"The Last Word" column, May 2009, Chef Magazine
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