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What Is 'OOAK'? What Does OOAK Mean?


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Question: What Is 'OOAK'? What Does OOAK Mean?
Answer: "OOAK" is "One of a Kind". This is internet shorthand for saying "This thing is very rare". OOAK is commonly used when trying to sell something online, but OOAK can also be used in daily conversation to describe unusual people with unique qualities.

Example of OOAK usage:

  • (User 1) If anyone is looking for a laptop, I'm selling my customized gaming machine for $2100.
  • (User 2) Why are you selling your laptop?
  • (User 1) I don't use it anymore since the baby arrived. It's a wicked machine with dual 2GB graphics cards. OOAK, really.
  • (User 2) Dual graphics cards? Yeah, that's OOAK. Can you email me the specs? I might be interested.

Another example of OOAK usage:

  • (User 1, instant message) Man, that Vishal guy is a piece of work! Did you hear what he just said to the boss?
  • (User 2) Wha happened?
  • (User 1) He just said "the only thing that exceeds your incompetence is your arrogance. How the hell did you get a job as a manager here?"
  • (User 2) Wow! Yeah, he's OOAK, that guy. I wish more people had that kind of courage.

The OOAK expression, like many cultural curiousities of the Internet, is a part of modern English communication.

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