Barnhart barnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM
Thu Jan 20 02:07:58 UTC 2005

American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on Wednesday, January
19, 2005 at 8:29 PM -0500 wrote:
>Hmph.  For all *they* know, it could come from Hebrew, Italian, or
>Louisiana French!

The Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology:

"...1919 _copasetic_, in I.A. Bacheller's _A Man for the Ages_, American
English, said to have originated among southern blacks in the 1800's, of
uncertain origin.  The suggestion that copacetic came from a Hebrew phase
such as _(ha)kol b'seder_all in order, or (unrecorded) _kol b'sedek_ all
with justice, is not accepted among scholars in American English, such as
Frederic G. Cassidy."

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