The Word, "Cool"

  • byronicheros

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    Dec 18, 2008 6:36 PM GMT
    Isn't kind of funny that the word, "cool" is still going strong? Most words that are brought up by pop culture usually die off after a couple of years, but "cool" is used by almost everybody in almost every sentence.

    I wonder if it'll ever fade away...

    Food for thought...
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    Dec 18, 2008 6:59 PM GMT
    I suspect that it's inclusion in the canon of jazz for such a long time lead to it's sustained continuous use in common colloquial speech.
    Similarly there are regional words that are attributed to a local pop culture (e.g. 'wicked' in the greater Boston area) that have been around for many decades. While it's not very common outside the region, it is tied to pop culture.

    I remember often saying "Wicked Cool!" as a kid and it still sometimes comes out.
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    Dec 18, 2008 7:08 PM GMT
    Yeah, interesting thought. Cool came to public attention during the 1950s when I was in elementary school, part of the "beatnik" generation's vocabulary.

    You're right that it's persistence for more than 50 years is unusual for American slang. Twenty years earlier than "cool" everyone was saying "swell!" Not too common today.
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    Dec 18, 2008 7:10 PM GMT

    People are still saying cool?

    I thought sitting there in awed silence was the new way to express "cool".

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    (Yes, I'm excited about Mortal Kombat vs. DC).
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    Dec 18, 2008 7:16 PM GMT
    I say "Coolio" or "Coolio Foolio" but I don't think I say "Cool".......
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    Dec 18, 2008 7:20 PM GMT
    I say Kewl.. why? because.
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    Dec 18, 2008 7:42 PM GMT
    Far Out!
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    Dec 18, 2008 7:45 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidFar Out!


    "Far out" was the hippies of the 60s & 70s, hasn't fared as well as "cool."
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    Dec 18, 2008 7:52 PM GMT
    How about 'neat' or 'sweet?' Are those still hip words?
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    Dec 18, 2008 7:52 PM GMT
    Bummer! What a drag... icon_cry.gif
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    Dec 18, 2008 7:52 PM GMT
    Super

    I say "well fuck me dead" a fair bit, don't know why
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    Dec 18, 2008 7:59 PM GMT
    ^ Excuse me while I take this mental image and run to the restroom!
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    Dec 18, 2008 8:02 PM GMT
    HighVoltageGuy said^ Excuse me while I take this mental image and run to the restroom!


    hahahaha I used the shortened version of this which is "well fuck me" infront of my mate and his mate and his mate just stood there looking at me completely stunned, I later found out he was gay and had a thing for me hahaha it was sweet.
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    Dec 18, 2008 8:06 PM GMT
    ^ icon_smile.gif You can't be mad at him for that...I can see why he had a thing for you.
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    Dec 18, 2008 8:12 PM GMT
    HighVoltageGuy said^ icon_smile.gif You can't be mad at him for that...I can see why he had a thing for you.


    hahaha *blushes*
  • auryn

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    Dec 18, 2008 8:15 PM GMT
    ClicheMemberName saidIsn't kind of funny that the word, "cool" is still going strong? Most words that are brought up by pop culture usually die off after a couple of years, but "cool" is used by almost everybody in almost every sentence.

    I wonder if it'll ever fade away...

    Food for thought...


    Dude! I know, right?! icon_wink.gif And, why are people still saying, "hella"?icon_evil.gif
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    Dec 18, 2008 8:18 PM GMT
    Auryn said
    Dude! I know, right?! icon_wink.gif And, why are people still saying, "hella"?icon_evil.gif

    To irritate you ;)
  • byronicheros

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    Dec 18, 2008 8:19 PM GMT
    lilTanker said
    HighVoltageGuy said^ Excuse me while I take this mental image and run to the restroom!


    hahahaha I used the shortened version of this which is "well fuck me" infront of my mate and his mate and his mate just stood there looking at me completely stunned, I later found out he was gay and had a thing for me hahaha it was sweet.


    Feel free to say that around me anytime as well...


    Haha, what's even more funnier is any thread I post, starts off completely innocent and eventually becomes a thread that insinuates sex.

    Silly RealJock...
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    Dec 18, 2008 8:30 PM GMT
    ^ Wait...so this isn't manhunt!? Damn I'm in the wrong place!
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    Dec 18, 2008 8:33 PM GMT
    ClicheMemberName said
    lilTanker said
    HighVoltageGuy said^ Excuse me while I take this mental image and run to the restroom!


    hahahaha I used the shortened version of this which is "well fuck me" infront of my mate and his mate and his mate just stood there looking at me completely stunned, I later found out he was gay and had a thing for me hahaha it was sweet.


    Feel free to say that around me anytime as well...


    Haha, what's even more funnier is any thread I post, starts off completely innocent and eventually becomes a thread that insinuates sex.

    Silly RealJock...


    damn... icon_redface.gif

    hehehe
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    Dec 18, 2008 9:14 PM GMT
    Having read all this earthy language, I admit to a bit of prudery, or at least restraint. I never heard vulgarities in my home as a child, and even during my lengthy military career I never adopted them, though they were all around me.

    To me they were a weakness, a crude indulgence, that helped to separate the refined from the coarse. Within my family they were never permitted, and to acquire such habits ran the risk of speaking them in front of my parents. Who were not Christian fundamentalists, BTW, or anything like that, but simply cultivated people who couldn't ever say such things.

    One time, returning from a vacation on Cape Cod, my parents let me drive their huge Chrysler Imperial back home. It was my first year with a license, a great privilege they gave me with this very expensive car, and the safety of my parents and my sister.

    But the car was 2 years old, in the mid-1960s when things like brakes wore out more quickly than today. As I came to toll plazas on the Connecticut Turnpike, the brakes started to grind & scrape.

    "What the hell is wrong?" I exclaimed. "The damn brakes are bad!"

    Suddenly I realized there was a change in the car. Where before there was conversation, now there was silence. And the silence continued for many more miles before someone spoke again. I realized I had offended my parents.

    I never said a foul or swear word in their presence again. Nor to this day do I swear like all my gay friends. Sometimes I write a word online, but not really representative of how I speak in person. As I age, more & more I accept that I am the product of my parents. Something of which I am proud and never regret.
  • Musclebucket

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    Dec 18, 2008 9:16 PM GMT
    I'm still hoping and waiting for "marvy" to reappear in the pop cultural vernacular
  • byronicheros

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    Dec 18, 2008 9:20 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidHaving read all this earthy language, I admit to a bit of prudery, or at least restraint. I never heard vulgarities in my home as a child, and even during my lengthy military career I never adopted them, though they were all around me.

    To me they were a weakness, a crude indulgence, that helped to separate the refined from the coarse. Within my family they were never permitted, and to acquire such habits ran the risk of speaking them in front of my parents. Who were not Christian fundamentalists, BTW, or anything like that, but simply cultivated people who couldn't ever say such things.

    One time, returning from a vacation on Cape Cod, my parents let me drive their Chrysler Imperial back home. It was my first year with a license, a great privilege they gave me with this very expensive car, and the safety of my parents and my sister.

    But the car was 2 years old, in the mid-1960s when things like brakes wore out more quickly than today. As I came to toll plazas on the Connecticut Turnpike, the brakes started to grind & scrape.

    "What the hell is wrong?" I exclaimed. "The damn brakes are bad!"

    Suddenly I realized there was a change in the car. Where before there was conversation, now there was silence. And the silence continued for many more miles before someone spoke again. I realized I had offended my parents.

    I never said a foul or swear word in their presence again. Nor to this day do I swear like all my gay friends. Sometimes I write a word online, but not really representative of how I speak in person. As I age, more & more I accept that I am the product of my parents. Something of which I am proud and never regret.



    This sounds like a beginning to a novel...I'd read it too. (not being sarcastic)
  • joggerva

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    Dec 18, 2008 9:26 PM GMT
    Musclebucket saidI'm still hoping and waiting for "marvy" to reappear in the pop cultural vernacular


    It has. It's right here:
    http://www.realjock.com/profile/?id=61591

    He's totally marvy, dude.
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    Dec 18, 2008 9:30 PM GMT
    cool beans