Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 08:39:11 CST From: Ellen Johnson Subject: origins of slang My research on vocabulary slang suggests that words and phrases often do NOT originate in any particular ethnic or social group these days and spread from there. Television, radio, and the many other ways language is communicated to a wide variety of people at once make another type of explanation more likely: its use by an icon of popular culture. I agree we are too quick to ascribe slang to AfAm origins. "It's all good" does sound new-agey to me, but no way is it pop-Buddhist. For Buddhists, all of us here confined to the wheel of birth and death are suffering in various degrees depending on our level of attachment to this illusion we call "reality". Ellen ellen.johnson[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]