September 28, 2010 4:51 PM Subscribe
Where does the colloquial English phrase "I'm good" come from, and has it suddenly exploded in popularity?
posted by bad grammar to Writing & Language (32 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not languagehat, so I don't know if this locution is American, British (adopted in the United States), regional to the United States, and so forth.
It seems to mean "I'm okay, thank you," or "Everything's okay, don't bother." It is distinct from "I'm good at ____" or "good with ______".
I found already that the self-appointed guardians of language hate it as an ungrammatical locution.
It also seems to be something you now hear everywhere. I suppose it's a sign of the times, a stiff upper lip, as a way of stating "Things may not be good, but I'm coping, thank you."
It's less obviously trendy than the historically British "keep calm and carry on," which has become an annoying marketing trend used to sell posters, bags and other crap.