Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 16:39:16 -0500
From: Bob Haas rahaas[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HAMLET.UNCG.EDU
Subject: Re: "it's all good"
Sorry for entering into the thread so late, but I just had to add my two
cents. I've heard both "it's all good," and "git-go," as in "from the
git-go," all of my 38 years. They may be based in AAVE; they may be based
in Southern English, but whatever the case, the uses of both most decidedly
run back further than four years. It seems to me very possible that rap,
hip-hop, or other movements in popular culture--film, TV, theatre--borrow
from what came before. The trick is taking the phrase, word, usage, back
to its original context, which this thread never did. Boy, we do need
Popik back on-list. Later.
On Mon, 3 Nov 1997, Margaret G. Lee -English wrote:
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.").
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