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okay or ok?

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  1. Nicolle Evans
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    okay or ok?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Nicolle Evans, Jun 18, 2016.

    Actual rules?

    Your own rules?

    What do you use or prefer to use?
     
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    You left out OK and O.K.! :D

    Why are there so many ways to spell this, honestly.

    In proper writerly stuff, I go with 'okay', but casually I use 'ok' all the time.
     
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    Are you referring to Oz, the prison setting, or Oz, the munchkin land?
     
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    I use okay in writing but in dialogue and real life I use ok. But really, they all sound the same so there's only some distinction.
     
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    Both "okay" and "OK" are acceptable. Just make sure you're consistent throughout the manuscript.
     
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    I do the same
     
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    I read somewhere that 'OK' is the acceptable way to do it, but I've never been fond of it, so I always use 'okay.' I hope it doesn't turn out to be a deal-breaker with some publisher or other.
     
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    OK and okay are both considered standard English. Other versions, while common, are not.
     
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    I *think* I've only seen 'okay' in modern trad published books, but I can't be certain.

    I use okay and my agent didn't change it in her revisions.
     
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    I have honestly never seen it written down as O.k (or some variant thereof with the dot in betwixt)

    I always wrote it down as Okay, though I have seen it written as Ok.
     
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    It's obviously because I'm so used to 'okay' but 'ok' looks truncated to me. If I see it I want to get a red pencil and add '-ay' to the end.
     
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    If you're gonna write it as OK, both letters should be capitalized (if you're writing standard English at any rate).
     
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    I'm going to use o'K' in comic sans because I'm edgy.
     
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    That's good to know.
     
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    Like it. V.edgy. Gritty even.
     
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    I know that it STARTED as just two letters (OK), but there's something about my brain that refuses to accept that as a full word in its own right. I use "OK" if I'm texting someone, but in every other situation I prefer "okay".
     
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    I started with OK, but went to "okay," because I could do more with it. Like have a character respond, "Okaaaaayyy?" dubiously.
     

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