The World War II meme that circled Why we say “OK” 1 day ago   02:08

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Kilroy was here — those three words showed up in a lot of surprising places. Follow Phil Edwards and Vox Almanac on Facebook for more: https://www.facebook.com/philedwardsinc1/

We know about the epic drama of World War II, but what about the jokes? The above video tells the story (as best as we can). The iconic piece of graffiti that was known, in America, as "Kilroy Was Here" traveled the world in a fashion remarkably similar to a modern meme.

Read some more background here: http://www.vox.com/2015/12/11/9886246/kilroy-was-here

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AsnBlox
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Ah, forget it.
NintendoFam
Kilroy was watching this video.
Lester Roque
We still use kilroy today.
Peanut_plays Pamungkas
k i l r o i i i i i i i i i w a s s s s s ss s ss s s h e r e
aidan !
He was in my grade 9 textbook
suga BTS
I saw this before 🙂💔💩
vernon rodrigues
#BringBackKilroy
Leonard Mora
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ExoFps
The title says WW2 meme that circled the world but i cant see any joke about the French surrendering
Anthony Tonev
Chances are that Vox were using After Effects for the making of this video - where Kill Roy (and this is not a joke) is part of the UI - a toggle for hiding layers from the timeline.
FBI
The FBI guy was here.
Charles Saucier
Kilroy was in one of the Diary Of a Wimpy Kids
Enclave Power
Ww1 meme...
Fishfan 2
It was relevant until past 2010, i miss the early two thousands they were a great time to be a kid. Now we have crap tv shows and etc
Monimu
Interesting to know that memes existed before the internet
NotSweaty
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KillRoy was here :)





Not copy n paste just got inspired and thought “i can do better”
ChunkOfLump
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Kilroy was here
The Artistic Fellow
I seen one of theses
*Somewhere*
Ilay ohana
Oh no...please dont tell me youre talking about 1940
SlickGuy .v2
Seems like Kilroy was better than Justin Y.
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Why we say “OK” The World War II meme that circled 1 day ago   05:22

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How a cheesy joke from the 1830s became the most widely spoken word in the world.

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OK is thought to be the most widely recognized word on the planet. We use it to communicate with each other, as well as our technology. But it actually started out as a language fad in the 1830’s of abbreviating words incorrectly.

Young intellectuals in Boston came up with several of these abbreviations, including “KC” for “knuff ced,” “OW” for “oll wright,” and KY for “know yuse.” But thanks to its appearance in Martin Van Buren’s 1840 presidential re-election campaign as the incumbents new nickname, Old Kinderhook, OK outlived its abbreviated comrades.

Later, widespread use by early telegraph operators caused OK to go mainstream, and its original purpose as a neutral affirmative is still how we use it today.

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