Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 20:57:52 -0500 From: "Margaret G. Lee -English" Subject: Re: "it's all good" To be true to its African-American/"Ebonics" pronunciation, the phrase is git-go. Mainstream speakers have tried to "standardize" or correct it by pronouncing it "get-go." On Tue, 4 Nov 1997, Emerson, Jessie J wrote: > Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 09:12:55 -0600 > From: Emerson, Jessie J > To: ADS-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UGA.CC.UGA.EDU > Subject: Re: "it's all good" > > The phrase "from the git-go" (get-go?) has been around far longer than > hip-hop or rap, if that was the implication from Margaret's message. > The phrase means "from the beginning" and has been used in the South for > a number of years. I don't know about the origins, and it certainly > could've originated from the African American community here decades > ago. > > Jessie Emerson > > Margaret Lee 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. > > > > >