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    KU KLUX KLAN: A SECRET HISTORY 5 OF 5

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    HISTORY CHANNEL PRESENTS KU KLUX KLAN: A SECRET HISTORY PART 5 OF 5

    Vocabulary

    Membership in the Klan is secret, and the Klan, like many fraternal organizations, has signs members can use to recognize one another. A member may use the acronym AYAK (Are you a Klansman?) in conversation to surreptitiously identify himself to another potential member. The response AKIA (A Klansman I am) completes the greeting.

    Throughout its varied history, the Klan has coined many words beginning with "KL" including:

    -Klabee: treasurers
    -Kleagle: recruiter
    -Klecktoken: initiation fee
    -Kligrapp: secretary
    -Klonvocation: gathering
    -Kloran: ritual book
    -Kloreroe: delegate
    -Kludd: chaplain

    All of the above terminology was created by William Simmons, as part of his 1915 revival of the Klan. The Reconstruction-era Klan used different titles; the only titles to carry over were "Wizard" (or Imperial Wizard) for the overall leader of the Klan, "Night Hawk" for the official in charge of security, and a few others, mostly for regional officers of the organization.