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'No worries': An etymological postscript


Sam Roggeveen


7 June 2011 15:17

Normally I wouldn't make it so patently obvious that I'm slacking off work to watch YouTube videos of an artist I like, but I can't let this opportunity pass.

When I was in the US in April, I noticed that locals had picked up on the Australianism 'no worries'. After posting these observations, I got some push-back, with some saying the phrase may actually have Caribbean origins, and others claiming Americans had always used it.

Now I see that singer-songwriter Ben Folds, an American who has lived in Adelaide, has noticed the same thing I did. At 1.01 in this interview, Folds is asked about Australian slang. He replies:

Americans all started picking up on 'no worries' about the same time. Like, I found myself saying it because I'd lived here. Then I found that other people in America were saying it at the same time so it wasn't that original.