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Readership: Readers interested in language, American culture and history.
Allan Metcalf, Professor of English, MacMurray College
Allan Metcalf is Professor of English at MacMurray College and Executive Secretary of the American Dialect Society. He is the author of many other books on language, including most recently Presidential Voices: Speaking Styles from George Washington to George W. Bush (2004). He participates in the "Lingua Franca" blog of the Chronicle of Higher Education.
"A virtuoso display of linguistic scholarship." - The Sunday Telegraph
Prologue: The Oddity of OK
Chapter 1: The Joke
Chapter 2: Old Kinderhook
Chapter 3: The Jackson Myth
Chapter 4: Telegraphic OK
Chapter 5: The Business of OK
Chapter 6: OK in Literature
Chapter 7: Presidential "okeh"
Chapter 8: Okey-Dokey
Chapter 9: The Practical OK
Chapter 10: The Philosophical OK: Twentieth Century
Chapter 11: The Psychological OK
Chapter 12: The Philosophical OK: Twenty-first Century
Epilogue: OK Around the World