What does OK mean

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  1. bernardfeay

    bernardfeay Read Only Funster

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    I am sure most of us have needed our wives to help us reverse and get out of tricky situations

    Here is my problem.
    When I am reversing in a tight situation she stands at the back. I have long since given up on understanding the hand waves. I have to wind my window down and shout "I have no idea what that gesture means."

    But, my main problem is the word "OK"

    1. OK means keep reversing in this manner it is OK, keep coming
    2. OK means you have reversed far enough, this distance is OK, you should stop now

    When she has a better view of traffic on an awkward junction OK can mean
    1. It is safe to exit this side road, there is no dangerous traffic

    Now, you might think there can not be another interpretation. But there is one. OK also means OK after this white van.... no not that white van.... this other white van.

    You might have gathered that she has gone to bed.
     
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    My other half spent the first year of outings standing where I could not see her as she waved frantically :Laughing:
     
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    Get her to stand behind the MH then when your hear a thump and maybe a scream you will know you have gone too far back
     
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    Sorry Berny, this is definitely an error on your part, you have not trained her in the science of communication you must start with which is left and which is right, once she has mastered these basics, then move on to more complex manoeuvres such as how far left and how far right:thumb:
     
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    Oddly enough guys do this too :Rofl1:
    Not only when I'm driving my mh, but it's
    amazing to me how often a person usually
    a man. Stands behind my wheelchair saying
    left hand down. No comprehension that a car
    and a wheelchair are very different things :BigGrin:
     
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    If you want to go all historic, I was always told it was an Americanism, from the 19th Century, meaning "Orl Korrect". :thumb:
     
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    when I am at a junction ware it is blind spotted and I cant se the van being a left hand drive I have trand them to say good to go this works for us the wee man is excellent at this
    I we also use pre determined hand signals to ade communications Trane her up that way there is no confusion.
     
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    so as you arent driving until she wakes up in the morning grit your teeth, hold the suspension and wait until she wakes up

    take her a cup of her favourite drink and bestest breakfast in bread

    then take a breath and ask the question

    okay darling when I am driving what do you mean by OK?????

    good luck xxxxxxxxxxxxx
     
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    is it something to do with going Metric,, after all a yard back is different to a Metre.:Eeek:
     
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    Once had to sell a really nice motorbike when I misunderstood "OK do what you bloody well want". :Rofl1:
     
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    Attributed to the Confederate General 'Stonewall' Jackson I believe.
     
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    What does OK mean ????

    Reminds us of our first outings with the M/H:Rofl1::Rofl1:The fun we had, and are still having, bumps'n all:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Ahhhhhhhh........A student of the Civil War perhaps?? We must chat!! :BigGrin::BigGrin:
     
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    Some further analysis here...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okay

    Going back to the partner thing when manoeuvring, we've had a decent amount of practice with offroading our 110 on various gatherings.

    Clare is a pretty good spotter and direction giver.

    My son gets a bit het-up about it occasionally but is pretty good for an 11 year-old.

    It's made manoeuvring Udo much, much easier than I ever thought it would be.

    You need to agree signals you both understand and agree suitable positions so that the spotter can always be seen. Get that right and it's a lot easier and less fraught.

    OK?:BigGrin:
     
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    My better half has issues with left and right, she worked as a stage manager in her much younger days and I have to ask is that stage right or left...:Doh:

    I also was taught to indicate direction by turning my arm in the direction you want the person reversing to turn the steering wheel... seemples. :thumb:
     
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    No probs there. Take a leaf out of the Irish Army training manual. Paint her wellies, (or her clogs if shes working), different colours, and then you just need to shout "GREEN", or "RED!":BigGrin:
     
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    I am far too young to die!!!:cry:
     
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    Death is not an option when wife training!!

    Are you a man, or a mouse, Sir??

    (Pass the cheddar, dear)
     
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    It appears from Bellini's post that I have got my Jacksons mixed up. My original source was from some distantly remembered reading in my teens.

    I am not really a student of the Civil War, but I have read the original Shaara trilogy (Gods & Generals, Killer Angels and Last Full Measure) - that is about the limit of my knowledge.
    http://www.jeffshaara.com/


    p.s. I use a reversing camera and do not rely on 'OK'.
    Disambiguation being critical in times of war, as well as motorhome reversing, I remember reading that the Royal Navy used the command 'Shoot' when, for example, the gunnery officer required a battleship to release a 15" salvo, rather than 'Fire' which, in the heat of battle, might be confused with 'Cease Fire'.
     
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    I'm one of the original 'Mouseketeers' I'll have you know sirrah...:Cool:

    Oh, and I much prefer 'Stinking Bishop', thank you... :BigGrin:
     
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