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Okeee, Okey, or OK: Swiss-style

Did you know that Switzerland's youth find the two letters "OK" aggressive? That's why they always write: Okeee, okey or okai

Of course, if you're an English native speaker, they'll understand your use of OK in an English text but when texting each other, they'll only those two letters when they are annoyed or are shouting.

Ok? Okeeeeee.....
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Re: Okeee, Okey, or OK: Swiss-style

WHY? Certainly not the case here in Romandie.
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WHY? Certainly not the case here in Romandie.
Because the German "K" is quite harsh and by adding letters, it softens the tone.
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Re: Okeee, Okey, or OK: Swiss-style

Well why don't they say it with the English K rather than the German one? LOL.
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Re: Okeee, Okey, or OK: Swiss-style

Because they're Swiss and have to be different


My British friend said he never used to use "OK" until he came to Switzerland. His family back home make fun of him for it. (Northerners)
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Re: Okeee, Okey, or OK: Swiss-style

I think ALL CAPS is considered aggressive, when texting, or posting on fora.
Therefore: OK seems like shouting, whereas ok is ok.

Also, "OK" or "Ok" is an abbreviation of Organisationskommittee. It is also pronounced by those two letters: "orh kah". So for young people, an "Ok" is something boring that their parents might be part of, and have to go for meetings for, and they wouldn't be seen dead participating in (unless they're the school "Streber").

To distinguish their use from that, and to be sure to use the modern, English-speaking use, they add, for example: "ay" to make "okay". Or, if they can't spell in English, the spellings you listed: okey or okai.

Okeee, on the other hand, I know as seeming to include eye-rolling or head-shaking. "What, he wore a man-bun and a shiny pink tight top for his first visit to his girlfriends' parents?! Okeeee..."

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Re: Okeee, Okey, or OK: Swiss-style

Okey should never be used on it's own - it's only allowed when followed by dokey.
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Re: Okeee, Okey, or OK: Swiss-style

I prefer to only work half as hard.

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Re: Okeee, Okey, or OK: Swiss-style

It's "Ook" here. [o:k]
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I prefer to only work half as hard.

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As a response not as a greeting m'k?


Couldn't get the Mr Mackey picture to work.
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Re: Okeee, Okey, or OK: Swiss-style

okey-dokey
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Re: Okeee, Okey, or OK: Swiss-style

Never heard of this considered being aggressive and my 3 youngsters neither, having said that I for one say (Imagine Bernese dialect) Oukeli Doukeli 😉😉
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Okeee, on the other hand, I know as seeming to include eye-rolling or head-shaking. "What, he wore a man-bun and a shiny pink tight top for his first visit to his girlfriends' parents?! Okeeee..."
I've heard it used a lot this way by locals.
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I've heard it used a lot this way by locals.
Indeed - okeee actually should be written "okwtf" or possibly "ok, what a muppet"

My teenage daughter can't even be arsed to write two letters, "k" seems to be the norm.
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WHY? Certainly not the case here in Romandie.
Nor in Ticino.

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Re: Okeee, Okey, or OK: Swiss-style

Just asked my son and he said they use ok, OK or okey and they’re all fine.
ok. (With a full stop) is considered agressive and he says just k is also considered passive aggressive too.

We are in the french speaking region which I suspect is different from the German speaking part.
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Never heard of this considered being aggressive and my 3 youngsters neither, having said that I for one say (Imagine Bernese dialect) Oukeli Doukeli 😉😉
I didn't post that using okay (in whatever variation) counts as aggressive, but that writing in ALL CAPS is considered to be the equivalent of shouting at someone, and as such, aggressive.

Therefore, someone who wanted not to be considered aggressive might prefer to avoid the capital letter version "OK".
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Re: Okeee, Okey, or OK: Swiss-style

Not in this case, really. It is always written in capitals.
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Re: Okeee, Okey, or OK: Swiss-style

The version "OK" is in capitals. But there are also the lower-case: "ok", "okay", both of which are common amongst English-speakers. And then the other incorrect versions olygirls's students are using, in lower-case: "okai" and "okey". Plus the head-shaking version "okeeeee".

My point is simply that a Swiss[-German] young person who did not want to be seen to be shouting would select one of the other alternatives, rather than the version in caps.

In addition, as I wrote above, a person whose environment is German-speaking, and who didn't want to be talking about an "Organisationskommittee" would not choose to use the abbreviate "OK", either.
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Re: Okeee, Okey, or OK: Swiss-style

Just asked my teenage niece, she said ‘meh’. Seems that is the new ‘okay’.
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