Dictionary of Playground Slang (Online)

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otay

n.

Synonym for "okay". Originally from the 1930's short films of "The Little Rascals", this is how the Little Rascals character "Porky" said "okay".

Cast members ranged in age from about two to seven, and being little, their grasp of English was far from perfect, and "okay" became "otay", often quoted as, "Otay, Buckwheat!" (Buckwheat was one of the characters), and it was often said to someone when they were acting stupidly (kind of a "Yeah, whatever!").

Later popularized by Eddie Murphy in one or more Saturday Night Live sketches, mistakenly (or intentionally) assigning it to the "Buckwheat" character. Another contributors entire middle school started saying this but he couldn't remember why. He was on Guam at the time.

Source: circa 1930's - 1990's, USA