Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 18:27:01 -0500
From: "Margaret G. Lee -English" mlee[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CS.HAMPTONU.EDU
Subject: Re: "it's all good"
As with much slang that eventually enters mainstream usage, "It's all
good" originated in the African American community about four years ago,
essentially a product of hip-hop/rap culture. That and "my bad,"
"dis," hood," "git-go," "squat," and many other expressions underscore the
long rich tradition of the linguistic creativity of African Americans.
On Sat, 1 Nov 1997, Tom Head
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 1997 22:21:01 -0600
From: Tom Head tlh[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NETDOOR.COM
To: ADS-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UGA.CC.UGA.EDU
Subject: "it's all good"
Does anyone know where the phrase "it's all good" came from? I've heard
it used a lot in grunge culture and have seen it gradually make its way to
mainstream youth slang (almost exclusively in males, in my experience).
I'd be just about ready to bet that this phrase actually originated in the
jazz era, but I have no proof.
The phrase is used to shrug off an apology for a minor inconvenience (ex:
"Sorry I spilled your drink." "Hey, don't worry, man, it's all good.").
tlh[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]netdoor.com
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