[Ads-l] TK

Theresa Fisher fisher.theresa at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 9 10:54:31 EST 2017


I'm writing a short article in which I discuss the abbreviation TK (meaning
"to come" in journalism and publishing). I know the basic origin story of
TK: Back in the days of print journalism, TK (as well as lede, hed and dek)
were used as purposely misspelled shorthand that proofreaders and copy
editors wouldn't mistake for actual copy or typos.

I've read that "K" was chosen both because TK is an unusual letter
combination and because it's an abbreviation of the slang "to kum."

But I was hoping to find some more detailed information about TK and was
wondering if anyone had more insight on its history or usage.




Theresa Fisher
fisher.theresa at gmail.com
914 500 3434

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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