Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Jan 20 01:27:53 UTC 2005

At 4:41 PM -0500 1/19/05, Bethany K. Dumas wrote:
>I don't know how it evolved, but I remember its 1950s use vividly!
>See HDAS. of course.

Where it's tracked back to a 1919 hit (spelled "copesetic"), and
assigned a wonderful negative etymology:
[orig. unkn.; not, as sometimes claimed, from Heb., It., or Louisiana F]


>>My boss asked me today if I remembered the word "copacetic" (which I did)
>>and wondered aloud how the word had evolved.  Do any of you more learned
>>folks have any ideas?

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