Gravy

While gravy is almost certainly bad for you and your arteries, its place in slang remains overwhelmingly positive, and even individual people have been hailed as “gravy” (meaning “excellent” or “the best”) since the early 1900s. Given the golden linguistic glow surrounding “gravy” as a slang term, it makes perfect sense to use “It’s all gravy” to mean “Everything is fine.” I personally have never heard the usage, but I think you should popularize it. It’s snappy, intriguing, colorful, and far, far better than the smarmy “It’s all good.”

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  1. Jeff Russell:

    The famously overweight US President William Howard Taft not so famously managed to lose significant weight after leaving the White House, by following a diet prescribed by a British doctor. Dr. Blumer. He wrote it out in a letter, and among the things allowed was “gravy, with the fat removed” on his meat. So I am wondering if the 1600s usage survived as late as the early 1900s, at least in Britain, since “gravy, with the fat removed”, makes little sense in the modern usage.

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