Obama warns of the "old okey-doke"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 24 17:34:33 UTC 2008

My goodness, Amy! How old are you? I first heard "okey-doke(y)" used
by my mother, now 96, and her friends in the late 'Thirties!

The expression was so popular that, in the "Forties, there was even an
in-the-days-of-knights comic-book character named "Sir Oakey Doakes."
Before that, Edgar Bergen's hick dummy, Mortimer Snerd, used
"Okey-dokey!" as a catch-phrase.

"How can you tell the difference between a Cadillac and a Cadiddlac?"


"By the "diddle" in the middle!


On 1/24/08, Amy West <medievalist at w-sts.com> wrote:
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> Subject:      Re: Obama warns of the "old okey-doke"
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> That sense is new to me, but that ain't saying much. I use
> "okey-dokey" for "OK", and get some giggles when I do. I always learn
> stuff here.
> ---Amy West
> And any work by Arnold that is dismissed by others as "merely
> descriptive" is still tons more illuminating to me than analytical
> works by others.
> >Date:    Wed, 23 Jan 2008 22:20:55 -0500
> >From:    Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU>
> >Subject: Obama warns of the "old okey-doke"
> >
> >From Sumter, SC...
> >
> >---
> >http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/01/when_obama_call.html
> >  Obama used the friendly setting to urge voters not to be fooled by
> >what he said were untruths coming from Hillary Clinton's campaign.
> >"They're trying to bamboozle you. It's the same old okey-doke," he
> >said, using a slang phrase for a con. "Y'all know about okey-doke,
> >right? It's the same old stuff."
> >---
> >
> >--Ben Zimmer
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