Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 10:09:55 -0500 From: Gregory {Greg} Downing Subject: Re: origins of slang At 08:39 AM 11/3/97 CST, you (Ellen Johnson ) wrote: > "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". > Yes, you're right -- sukkha and all that. Maybe "it's all indifferent" would have been the phrase to label pop-Buddhist.... Sorry -- I dashed my note off within ten minutes of the note I was responding to, and in no way was I trying to sound normative: just trying to point out that (absent the evidence obtainable through heavy lifting) there were other sources at least as likely as AAVE for the phrase "it's all good".... And I absolutely agree with your other point (which I clipped out -- whoops) that a lot of these catch phrases come into wide usage via popular culture -- TV and movies etc.--, just as a century ago they'd have done so through music-hall songs or routines, or political sloganeering, etc. (Examine the clear, or hazy, origins of many items in Partridge's _Dictionary of Catch-Phrases_.) Gregory {Greg} Downing, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]