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Posted: 04 November 2013 02:17 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Do we have any idea how old the phrase “I’m good” is in response to someone’s asking if we want such-and-such?  Typical usage would be in response to a server asking, “Would you like more coffee?”

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Posted: 04 November 2013 02:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I don’t think I would ever say “I’m good” (too Leftpondian), but I would be quite likely to say “I’m OK, thanks” to an offer of a coffee refill, which is illogical in precisely the same way.

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Posted: 04 November 2013 02:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I dunno, but 1999 at the latest (as it was used in the 1999 film Superstar.)

Seems to me that “I’m cool” (meaning the same thing) emerged at around the same time.

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Posted: 04 November 2013 07:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I’d say (although it’s purely a guess) that I’m fine in the same sense would be earlier and that I’m good is a natural development of that.

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Posted: 06 November 2013 09:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Diegogarcity alert. (Unless Faldage listens to the same podcast.)

The latest A Way With Words podcast/radio show has a discussion of “I’m good.” The episode hasn’t been posted to the website yet, but it’s available in the iTunes feed. No conclusion as to when it arose, but it’s likely older than one thinks.

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Posted: 06 November 2013 04:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I don’t listen to the podcast but it was mentioned on AWWW’s Facebook page.

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Posted: 06 November 2013 08:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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In Apocalypse Now (1979) Clean replies “I’m good” when the Chief asks if he’s OK.  This is in the scene where the crew machine-guns the family in the sampan.

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Posted: 07 November 2013 01:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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jtab4994 - 06 November 2013 08:59 PM

In Apocalypse Now (1979) Clean replies “I’m good” when the Chief asks if he’s OK.  This is in the scene where the crew machine-guns the family in the sampan.

Sssssslightly different from the usage in the OP.

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Posted: 07 November 2013 03:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Well yeah, he wasn’t being served coffee, but it’s not far from “You OK?” to “Would you like more coffee?”

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Posted: 07 November 2013 04:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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jtab4994 - 07 November 2013 03:55 AM

Well yeah, he wasn’t being served coffee, but it’s not far from “You OK?” to “Would you like more coffee?”

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Posted: 07 November 2013 05:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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In Apocalypse Now (1979) Clean replies “I’m good” when the Chief asks if he’s OK.  This is in the scene where the crew machine-guns the family in the sampan.

The general use of good to mean in sound health or spirits dates back to Chaucer.

But this movie quote is pretty much analogous to the restaurant situation. I’m good is being used in discourse to denote satisfaction and that nothing further is required.

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