or co·pa·set·ic, co·pe·set·ic
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Origin of copacetic
Words nearby copacetic
What does copacetic mean?
Copacetic means fine, OK, agreeable, totally satisfactory.
Copacetic is a (somewhat dated) slang word usually used to describe a situation, mood, or relationship as being without problems. It’s also spelled copasetic.
Example: I was worried the concert was going to go badly, but John assured me everything was totally copacetic.
Where does copacetic mean?
Copacetic is first recorded in the early 1900s. Although it may sound Latinate, its origin is unknown. Proposed languages of origin include Chinook, Italian, Louisiana French, and Hebrew, but none of the origin stories are particularly convincing.
The first attested use of the word comes from Irving Bacheller’s 1919 book about Abraham Lincoln, A Man for the Ages (in which he spelled it copasetic). It further entered the public consciousness through the Prohibition-era song “At the New Jump Steady Ball,” whose lyrics include the line “Copasetic was the password for one and all, at the new jump steady ball.” By the 60s and 70s, when it reemerged as popular slang, the common spelling became copacetic, as it is generally spelled today.
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How is copacetic used in real life?
Copacetic is informal. It’s typically used to used to describe a situation that’s going fine (“Everything’s copacetic”), or a relationship that is completely friendly, perhaps even after it hadn’t been (“We’re copacetic now”).
I’ll tell you everything is copacetic. pic.twitter.com/xj41bFkz0U
— 𝑬𝒎𝒐 𝑩𝒂𝒈𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒔 (@SickSadShaun) October 15, 2019
I think we’re copacetic? I hope so 😳😳😳😳 https://t.co/RP2xjJIBMe
— natasha lyonne (@nlyonne) October 29, 2017
Today’s mood: copacetic & unbothered
— Juke Wylie (@mandynonames) December 11, 2019
Try using copacetic!
Imagine you are throwing someone a birthday party that is going very smoothly. Use copacetic in a sentence to describe the situation.