In this light, because the Red Fox of Kinderhook was not meant to be an endearing sobriquet, Van Buren’s political allies attempted to improve his image for what turned out to be an unsuccessful campaign of 1840 against William Henry Harrison by calling their candidate “Old Kinderhook.”
In fact, Van Buren’s supporters in New York City formed the OK Club, to give the impression that Old Kinderhook was an all right guy, According to this version the expression then became part of the language.
Actually, Van Buren was an OK guy, as according to Remini he revived the American two-party system.
Another instance, which involves the letter X relates to the Christmas holiday now two months past. Over the years, perhaps centuries, the term Christmas has often been truncated to Xmas, which many a true believer has found objectionable as it seems to demean the intrinsic meaning of the season.
The letter X has a number of symbolic meanings, not all of which are salutary, but in this case it is a direct borrowing from the Greek, where X has the k sound of ch-, and is the first letter in the Greek spelling of Christ, [Chi rho iota sigma tau omicron delta]
The early Christians also had something of a penchant for acronyms and symbolism, by taking advantage of the secular customs in the heathen celebration of the advent of the zodiacal Age of Pisces, the fish.
The Age of Aries, the ram, was ending, a period which was characterized by Old Testament sacrifices, culminating in the final sacrifice of the Lamb of God. Prior to this was the Age of Taurus, the bull, a creature which is still revered in Hindu cultures.
The early Christians took as their symbol the Greek word for fish, using the upper case, and written as IXOYE-or, as we would know it, ICHTHYS. Each letter in this acronym was an initial which-transliteratedwould read Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter, meaning Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.
Later on, the acronym was enclosed in the stylistic outline of a fish and, when sufficient familiarity was established, the letters were dropped and the outline itself became the primary symbol like shown in http://bestcanistervacuum.info,
Thus, the shortening of Christmas to Xmas is merely the carrying on of a rather old tradition, which once was highly respected but whose origins have become largely forgotten today.
Contemporary society, however, has been subconsciously-if not subliminally–carrying on the tradition of using acronyms and symbols, and raising it to an art form. Not only are there combined letters and characters designed to incorporate ideas into a single symbol, but numbers and icons also have been added to enhance the flavor of our language.