Pronounced: uh-NON, adv
Notes: This is not short for anonymous…
The word copacetic means “excellent; satisfactory; OK”
Our word goes back to the 1910s
Background / Comments
For some reason, I thought our word was Italian, but apparently, there are multiple theories about the origin: some say it comes from Black English; others say Louisiana French. Some say Italian, Yiddish, and Hebrew. It appears that there is no convincing evidence for any of these theories. I’ve heard our word in phrases like “Everything’s copacetic.”, so I thought it meant quiet or untroubled. Thus, I was close to the true meaning, but not exactly right.