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Saturday, March 7, 2009

"It's All Good?"

"It's all good."

What?

What's "all good?"

Says who?

What the hell does that even mean?

It is not "all good!"

Stop saying that!!!

Thanks for your time.

17 comments:

  1. Everything's under controlle. Another one I loathe; "Back in the day". Never heard that,'til I moved to Mass. Also, "My bad". Bad what? Did you pass gas or something? you may be on to something, David. I blame it (once again ) on text-messaging. Well, why not?

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  2. SubTorp:

    Generally, when I end a sentence on my RantZ page with a question mark, it's a rhetorical question.

    Having said that, most people seem to use "It's all good" when they don't know how to say they're done talking about whatever they've been yammering about. An "Oh, well" or a sigh would make about as much freakin' sense at that point.

    "Back in the day" came into use because people are so anal about admitting that anything "old" can be good, they are afraid to say "back in the GOOD OLD days." (Remember "This is not your father's Oldsmobile?" "Too bad," I always thought, "What the f**k was wrong with my father's Oldsmobile?" (Dad always bought Cadillacs, but hey... ) "At least those Oldsmobiles ran well!"

    And as far as "my bad," I first tackled that phrase in 2003, recycled here: http://davidzrantz.blogspot.com/2008/05/short-shorts.html

    I have been told that the English language is constantly evolving, blah-blah-freaking-blah... ! I know that. And I accept it, BUT I reserve the right to piss & moan about it whenever the changes seem poorly thought out. Plus, they do this crap without consulting ME first. How dare they?

    Shrek:

    *sigh* There's always one...

    Ishat:

    I read that whole long thing wondering what it had to do with today's topic, then caught your use of "it's all good." But -- HA! -- you said it after listing a bunch of BAD shit.

    So my point stands.

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  3. [realizing he forgot to add, "So there."]

    So there.

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  4. I'm trying to trace the roots of "It's all good"--like doing a little evolution chart.

    "It's all jake."
    1920s/1930s
    to
    "It's swell."
    1940s
    to
    "Coolsville, cat."
    1950s
    to
    "Hey, it's cool, dude. It's good. We're good."
    1960s/1970s
    to
    "It's awesome" (bitchin', bad, wicked)--although I don't think this quite means the same thing as "It's all good"--as the others do.
    1980s
    to
    1990s
    "It's ai-ight."
    to
    2000s
    "It's all good."

    Somehow, it kinda makes sense that we're using pretty much the same surreal cheery slang at the time of this "economic downturn" that we did during the last one.

    And: It's always amusing when a 16-year-old tells you, "Back in the day, I used to..."

    16? Back in what day? Tuesday? Yesterday?

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  5. Maybe, but "It's all good" just doesn't seem to work in the same somewhat-non-committal way as most of the others. "I just lost my job, and my wife left me." [pause] "I am getting a really big tax refund this year." [pause] "Ahhh, it's all good." No it's not!!! Even at the best of times, it isn't all good.

    And, in the news a couple of days ago: Miley Cyrus -- at 16 -- just wrote her autobiography. What's wrong with this picture, boys'n'girls? (And SubTorp, don't answer that.) 16. Yeah, that autobiography ought to be about nine freakin' pages!!!

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  6. The 1920s/1930s sunny side of the street "It's all jake" is definitely related to one meaning of "It's all good." Some people say "It's all good" when they mean "It's all good."

    I think another meaning of "It's all good" is: "I cannot change this, so I am resigned to it" and
    "There's nothing I can do about it, so let's just say it's all good." Maybe it's meant to convey a stoic coolness--and in that sense, it definitely approaches coalescence with the meaning of "It's cool, dude."

    In your example, if "Ahhh, it's all good" is meant to cap both phrases, you seem to introduce yet another possible application of the phrase: to communicate a fatalistic view that everything balances out--one way or the other.

    "I just lost my job, and my wife left me." [pause] "I am getting a really big tax refund this year." [pause] "Ahhh, it's all good."

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  7. You have obviously done your research and given this a great deal of thought... or perhaps consulted with the all-knowing, all-seeing Pop Mechs.

    I think another meaning of "It's all good" is: "I cannot change this, so I am resigned to it" and "There's nothing I can do about it, so let's just say it's all good."

    Those wimps are fooling themselves! Fooling themselves, do you hear?!? (You couldn't see it, but I just banged my fist on the desk for emphasis.)

    In your example... you seem to introduce yet another possible application of the phrase: to communicate a fatalistic view that everything balances out--one way or the other.

    I did that? Wow. Of course, to offset the loss of a job and a wife, he must have been getting one mother of a tax refund...

    Unless the wife was a real bitch anyway, which could offset the whole "balance" thing you mention...

    I need a nap.

    Good thing I have the next ten RantZ drafted, innit?

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  8. Oops! Sorry to ramble on!

    I actually did zero research--I just collect old slang and like thinking about words and expressions.

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  9. I was kidding. Too subtle, I guess. ;-)

    Don't worry about rambling. You pretty much have carte blanche to do whatever you want around here.

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  10. David( like I wasn't inclined to do this ); just typing in "mil" brings up Miley Cyrus in the drop-down. Right at the top with 28miiiillllllion entries. Maybe she's trying to get that book out, ere anything else happens. Can there really be that much crap to say about one person? I mean, all Kennedys aside...

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  11. I am guilty, guilty, and guilty as charged. What's the big deal anyway? It's all... cheese. Yes, it's all cheese. Or gravy. Or something.

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  12. Hey, Redbeard! Good to "see" you.

    Speaking of "cheese" -- and you'll understand this if you read her latest post -- did you know Jayne was back? (When are you coming back, btw?)

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  13. I was back to writing. Briefly. I don't know if I'll be writing on a regular basis anymore, I really don't think I have the chops for it and time's been limited. But I've been reading, just not commenting every time. Good to hear from you too.

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  14. As is your right... but I still couldn't resist "leading" you here. ;-)

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  15. David...don't fret, dude. It's all good. :)

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