Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 07:54:05 -0600
From: Mary Bucholtz bucholtz[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]TAMU.EDU
Subject: Re: "it's all good"
Margaret Lee's explanation that "it's all good" originated in hip hop is
the most likely one. Certainly when I was doing fieldwork in a California
high school two years ago the kids who used it were those who were into
hip-hop culture. Also, "A2Z: The Book of Rap and Hip-Hop Slang" includes
the expression; unfortunately, no cites are provided. A likely place to
start looking is the hip-hop magazine "The Source," based in New York.
Texas A&M University
bucholtz[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]tamu.edu
At 07:01 PM 11/3/97 "Margaret G. Lee -English" mlee[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]cs.hamptonu.edu wrote:
Exactly what are "authentic-sounding vernacular locutions"? Who or what
determines authenticity? While no one has a monopoly on linguistic
innovation, the linguistic contributions of African-Americans cannot be
I was responding to a rather impassioned and I thought, as a general idea,
perhaps well-taken protest against the occasional tendency to assume that
any new slang not otherwise identifiable is AAVE. Linguistic innovation
happens in lots of ways, he seemed to be implying, and I thought I agreed. I
hope no-one on the list would overlook *any* kinds of contributions to
linguistic innovation, but the person to whom I was responding felt that
there was maybe a reflexive attitude at times about linguistic innovations
and AAVE. Maybe you'd quote his post and address his points if you disagree
with him; I can forward you a copy, if you like.
You mentioned in your last post in this thread that, "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." I think tracking the phrase to ground wherever that
leads is the point of the exercise, and if you know for sure where and how
it originated, post the citations and the thread will naturally close.
Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]nyu.edu or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]is2.nyu.edu