The international word - OK
The first time I started hearing it was when I was in my twenties, working in Los Angeles. I would overhear one of my co-workers, whose first language was Vietnamese, talking on the phone, and it always ended with *OK, bye*. And since then I have listened to people speaking a language that I don't understand, and have waited for the word *OK*.
I really can't say how much my English ancestors have added to the world, but the world has definitely found the English word *OK* to be pretty handy. And if my experience has taught me anything, it has taught me that a smile and the word *OK* is part of an international language.
Posted by Brad Hall