Obama warns of the "old okey-doke"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Jan 25 03:33:53 UTC 2008

At 1/24/2008 05:35 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>HDAS has _okey-doke_, "a swindle," only from 1967, though the
>reference is to AAVE of twenty or so years earlier.

FWIW, OED on-line has 1964 in R. D. Abrahams Deep down in Jungle v.
210 The reason why I took you for the okey-dok [sic], is because you
was the sharpest nigger in town.

Still, recent enough that us old-timers can be unfamiliar with it.


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