7. The ‘Okay’ Symbol: This is one you use everyday, that one finger motion, a circle with your thumb and index finger, that signals to your friend that you’re okay.
How did this come about? The theories are endless. Let’s start with the word “OK” itself. The word came about from the campaign of America’s eighth president, Martin Van Buren. Since he was born in Old Kinderhook, New York, his slogan became ‘Old Kinderhook is O.K’ along with the hand gesture.
Yet there is another theory with another president. America’s 7th president, Andrew Jackson, popularized the German term ‘Oll Korrect’ which translates to ‘All Correct’, the shortened version being ‘O.K’ in his notes.
Last but not least, some individuals believe that this symbol is a mudra, better known as a hand ritual in Buddhism and Hinduism associated with learning.