Pronounced: uh-NON, adv

Notes: This is not short for anonymous…

Yesterday’s word

The word copacetic means “excellent; satisfactory; OK”

First usage

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.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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