News from MacMurray College
More than just OK
Professor’s book on the most ubiquitous word getting noticed.
Within weeks of the release of Allan Metcalf’s “OK: the improbable story of America’s greatest word,” the book has been generating interest in the national media.
So far, “OK” has been reviewed in the Washington Post, Newsweek and the Boston Globe. A full-page review by Roy Blount Jr. is scheduled to appear in the Nov. 21 New York Times Book Review.
In addition, National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” is scheduled to broadcast an interview with Metcalf on Friday, Nov. 18, and he will be a guest on Chicago’s WGN-AM radio “Extension 720” hosted by Milt Rosenberg of the University of Chicago, Monday evening, Nov. 22.
Published last month, “OK” charts the evolution of “American’s most popular word” since its inception as a lame joke in 1839 to its use all over the world today. In two letters, Metcalf claims, the word succinctly sums up the nation’s philosophy.
“OK” is the latest of more than a half dozen of Metcalf’s books on language and writing. He is a professor of English at MacMurray College and the executive secretary of the American Dialect Society.