I make the dictionary


Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for July 15, 2017 is:

copacetic • \koh-puh-SET-ik\ • adjective

: very satisfactory


“… if you’re going to be traveling with us it just wouldn’t look too copacetic for you to be carrying that ratty old bag.” — Christopher Paul Curtis, Bud, Not Buddy, 1999

“In terms of living standards we’re now back to where we started which while not making us entirely copacetic is at least better than not having recovered as yet.” — Tim Worstall, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2016

Amusing perhaps, using an Englishman – who also manages to get it slightly wrong – to define American. For I am using it to mean “very satisfied,” not the definitional “very satisfactory.”

Actually, it’s worse than that, as I thought it meant “overjoyed,” perhaps “massively excited.”

But, you know, fame and all that. They spelt the name right.

11 comments on “I make the dictionary

  1. Dear Mr Worstall

    “They spelt the name right.”

    Copy and paste. Ain’t technology wonderful?


  2. “As pathetic as sprinkling one’s english with latin?”

    i.e. using e.g. “etc”

    Aye, it’s a dreadful habit.

  3. I’ve seen Americans object to the likes of “They spelt the name right”.

    Spelt, they asserted, is a variety of wheat, and only a variety of wheat. The writer should have written ‘spelled’. I suppose a suitably measured response would be ‘fuck off’.

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  5. Does the Copacetic society still exist? I assumed it died along with Honi Coles etc in the 2980s

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