Horn OK Please

Posted: September 26, 2011 in INFO's
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 We have often talked about this grammatically incorrect sentence and joked about it whenever we saw it written on the rear side of trucks. But have we ever taken the trouble to find out what it really meant?  There is no mandatory rule in India to have such a ‘slogan’, still you find thousands of vehicles adorned with the phrase “Horn OK Please”. Today we explore its foundation on how this really started.

There are a lots stories to how this originated, but one such theory says the term bears its roots in World War II where the trucks were run on kerosene engines. Kerosene, being highly unstable in nature, would cause the trucks to explode at the slightest accident. Hence a warning would be painted on the back saying “Horn Please,OKerosene”. Gradually this became a norm and is still seen on most trucks even today. Slowly this evolved into a custom and nevertheless you see it in trucks and other vehicles which don’t even contain kerosene. But next time we see the slogan we know what OK stands for.

For more information – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horn_OK_Please

  1. Jayachandran A says:

    Nicely designed webpage.Kudos to you for etymology of terms.

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