Good Words: Copacetic

Updated: Jun 4, 2021

An unpretentious, beautiful word that can spark your conversations.

 

adjective

INFORMAL•NORTH AMERICAN


It means "in excellent order". For example, if anyone asks how we are, we can say we're fine or we're OK, but we can also just reply "copacetic".


There are various theories on how this word came about, but one strong possibility is American Creole (Creole is a mixed language that comes about when speakers of different langauges that are mutually unintelligible remain in long-term contact with each other) which draws from English, French and Spanish. The American Creole word is coupesetique, which means "able to cope with". So yeah, I think there's a good chance the word came from this. Nice. Copacetic, I say.

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