mckernan at LOCALNET.COM
Thu Jan 27 04:19:59 UTC 2005
With the originator's permission, I cross-post this message from the
Publore listserv (Public Sector Folklore, not the 'lore of pubs'). They
are currently discussing 'copasetic.'
>Credit where credit is due: the word was coined by the great jazz tap
>artist Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (1878-1949). As his entry in American
>National Biography Online notes
>(http://www.anb.org/articles/18/18-00990.html), it was in his
>hometown of Richmond, Va., that "he invented the famous phrase
>'everything's copasetic,' meaning everything's tip-top or first-rate."
>Dr. Jurretta Jordan
>Digital Reference Team
>The Library of Congress
>Washington, D.C. 20540-4604
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