I was in Costco on Saturday and watched as a parent encouraged her toddler to explore the aisle. As the little girl neared some boxes the mother said, “Don’t touch them O.K.?”
Is the parent asking permission? If the child says that they want to touch it anyway is it O.K.?
I also hear teachers say to their class, “Today we are going to learn about __________ O.K.?
If the students say “No” will the teacher change the entire lesson or content?
I am very in tune with language and its many, and sometimes unintended, meanings. O.K., as used in these descriptions, is NOT asking approval. It sets up a potential discussion or argument when one isn’t necessary.