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Ironically, given America's rampant anti-French disposition, the quintessential American expression OK, is French. It derives from the French term “au quai” meaning at the quay or docked safely.

3rd September, 2005

During the 18th century when Louisiana and Mississippi were home to French-speaking Arcadians or Cajuns, their black slaves also spoke French.

Many of the slaves worked on the New Orleans dock, which at the time was the commercial centre of the cotton industry. When a ship docked safely, the stevedores shouted “au quai'‘ to indicate that all was fine. Over time, this expression mutated into common parlance and eventually became along with Marlboro, Levis and...

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