Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 18:27:01 -0500 From: "Margaret G. Lee -English" 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. Margaret Lee Hampton University On Sat, 1 Nov 1997, Tom Head wrote: > Date: Sat, 1 Nov 1997 22:21:01 -0600 > From: Tom Head > 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."). > > Tom Head > tlh[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] > > > "The first duty in life is to be as artificial as possible. > What the second duty is, no one has yet discovered." > -- Oscar Wilde >