When everything is arranged perfectly in a satisfactory way, this is an example of a time when everything is copacetic.
Origin of copaceticfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps
Origin of copaceticOrigin unknown
Unknown. Many theories exist, all of which lack supporting evidence:
- That the term originated among African Americans in the Southern US in the early 20th century or late 19th century—perhaps specifically in the jargon of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (who certainly popularized it, in any case).
- That it derives from Cajun French coup esètique / coupersètique (“capable of being coped with successfully; able to cope with anything and everything”).
- That it derives from a word *copasetti used by Italian speakers in New York.
- That it derives from Chinook Jargon copasenee (“everything is satisfactory”) — if the Chinook Jargon term is not itself derived from English.
The common suggestion that the term derives from Hebrew הכל בסדר (hakól b'séder, “everything is in order”) has been rejected, as has the fanciful suggestion that it derives from criminals' observation that they could go about their business because "the cop is on the settee".