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Michigan State University <email@example.com> Once in Bamako I heard an American friend who speaks no Bambara say "OK" in a situation where the Bambara expression "O ka nyi" (often pronounced quickly as "okayi" with the "n" lost as a faint nasalisation) would have been perfectly appropriate. The context was a merchant unfolding some cloth and the meaning intended (and conveyed) was "That's good (just like that)." I don't mean to read too much into it, but it is at least worth noting that "OK" has a range of meanings including "waaw kay," "o ka nyi," and maybe even "oll korrect."