I use the word “cool” a lot - mostly in a slang context. In fact, rarely do I use the word “cool” to describe temperature unless I’m referring to baked goods or the weather (sometimes). But, do other people still use “cool” for slang? Am I uncool for using this word so often?
I use “cool” to describe a person. Example, “She/He seems cool.” Not very descriptive, right? What do I mean when I say, “she/he seems like a cool guy?” This could mean so many things: they dress well, they are nice, they are relaxed, they are a little bit unique but not to the point that I’d call them unique.
I use “cool” as a positive reaction. Example, “That’s really cool” or, simply, “cool!!!” Again, not very descriptive. When I react using this word I usually am impressed, in very minor awe, or pleased. I could be reacting to anything from something someone has said, to something I am observing, to something I have read or listened to. However, I used to date someone who said ‘cool’ when he was uninterested/not listening. How we differ in our use of this word!
I also use “kewl” exclusively in typed situations when I’m being slightly sarcastic. Sorry if I’ve ever kewl-ed you. I also have a friend who used to say “coolio” a lot. I always thought it was funny, nerdy, and always endearing.
I don’t know how else to conclude this post on the word “cool” other than linking you to an LL Cool J (get it? get it?) song. I’ve chosen the classic, “Doin’ It”. (I also have a weird habit of saying “doin’ it and doin’ it and doin’ it well” if someone says, “doing it” in any context, but that’s for another blog post, another day).