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OK symbol in America

Discussion in 'General Scuba Diving' started by Alex Denny, Sep 16, 2018.

  1. Alex Denny

    Alex Denny Active Member

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    So, I was reading some headlines coming up in Google news, and came across this:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-45535715

    Watching the video, I was surprised as I thought this was pretty universally identified as "OK" - which is how we use it as Divers.

    Having read up a bit about it, it seems that Internet memes and various alt-right activists have been deliberately been trying to subvert its meaning over the last couple of years. (Google search "OK sign white power" for pages of stuff on this, some of which is sensible and some utterly bonkers).

    The question is, should I start worrying about using the sign to mean OK, which I do out of habit, and is it really a problem? Is it different in the UK and US?

    I'm about as far from the alt right as it's possible to be, being an out-and-out liberal remainder. But even if I were a flag waiving brexiteer, I would rather not be associated with a bunch of American white supremacist scumbags for an innocently intended gesture.

    Some people obviously take it seriously, as it seems this guy in the coastguard (who I have know idea what he meant when flashing the sign) has been given the boot?

    Weird or worrying?
     
  2. Doomanic

    Doomanic Dinosaur Wrangler
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    I know what you mean, I sometimes use it subconsciously too. I wasn't aware of the racist connection but there is a stupid internet game that uses a similar symbol I believe.
     
  3. JohnL

    JohnL Well-Known Member

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    I despair of today's world - a policeman has been put on restricted duties because he used the term "whiter than white" in a presentation. My take is that this came from washing clothes or bed linen and has come to mean the same as "squeaky clean". My son-in-law was taken to task on social media for "white-washed" to mean something that has been covered over. The word "white" seems to have racist connotations for some people however used.
     
  4. Harvey-NG

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    'Set' apparently has 464 definitions in English, but I've never been confused which one someone means before. Providing you're underwater, I think the ok sign is pretty unambiguous.
     
  5. Wibble

    Wibble Fish don't talk
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    Should care about their views as much as they care about yours. Poxy sceptic tanks and their pathetic politikal korrektness. Sorry for insulting the extremely useful and hard-working containers of cess.

    Use the ascend now symbol instead. Something about splitting the horns of the devil.
     
  6. Zubar

    Zubar Active Member
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    I haven’t heard of this, I use the ok sign as opposed to a thumbs up in all situations. If someone questions me I’m happy to explain.

    Don’t take this to mean I’m a socialist though!
     
  7. Zubar

    Zubar Active Member
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    A quick google on this reveals, as is usually the case, a load of nonsense and trolling.

    So, all’s OK !
     

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