TRIVIAL PURSUITS: What American slang term was popularized by Van Buren’s campaign?

March 11, 2014 ( – What American slang term, spelled with only initials, was popularized by Martin Van Buren’s campaign for president?

The term “O.K.” was popularized because of Van Buren.

Van Buren was from Kinderhook, New York, sometimes referred to as Old Kinderhook in speeches and print. O.K. Clubs soon formed to support Van Buren’s campaign.

“O.K.” later came to mean all right, correct or permissive.

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