Tuesday, June 5, 2012

An Important Question on What's Cool...

Okay, so I have a question for you all.  A kind of important question.  I mean, my entire reputation as a cool person might depend on it.  Are you ready?

Is calling something 'cool' still cool?  Is it an acceptable term?  Or has 'cool' gone the way of 'rad' and 'far out'?  When I call things cool am I putting a huge stamp on my head of a child of the 80's/90's?  Because I have recently come to notice that I use the word cool A LOT.  Like constantly.  Apparently every single thing I come in contact with has been deemed 'cool'.  And I have been trying to see if people say it on TV or in movies, and you know.. it turns out they don't.  And I don't ever see it on blogs, or on twitter or facebook.  People seem to have replaced 'cool' with other adjectives that I can't even think of right now because I pretty much exclusively stick with 'cool' when describing things I like, or agreeing to attend an event.  People will say "see you at our house at seven?"  and normal person says "sure" or "okay".  I say "cool".  It might be a sickness.

So, I need to know.  For the sake of my coolness.  Is it still cool to say cool? Be honest.  Unless I have totally lost any possible cool points by using the terms like 'coolness' and 'cool points'.  It might just be too late for me to change my ways.  In that case just lie to me and tell me I can use it as much as I want.  It's totally cool.


This weekend I was  getting Henry dressed and I went to pull out an under shirt to put with a collared shirt hanging in his closet.  As I opened his t-shirt drawer he caught the fastest glimpse of a grey and orange Rebock shirt and proclaimed "Dat one mama!!  DAT ONE!!"  And I was like, what this?? and pulled out a little nicer option that was below it, thinking I could do the old bate and switch.  He was having none of it.  "No Mama. Dat one, dat one, DAT ONE!!"  pointing to Rebock shirt. 

Now, I like the Rebock one just fine.  To me it is just around the house wear.  If we are going out, I like to dress him a little cuter.  But fine, whatever, you can wear the rebock shirt and the matching basketball style shorts if it's important to you.  Whatever makes you happy, kid.

I put it on him and he gets this big smile and pulls it out to get a better look at it.  He then proclaims "Look Mama!  Dat's PRETTY COOL!!"

Henry says "Mama, I am trusting you here to teach me what is cool.  Don't let me down."

Mama says "Baby... you might need to ask someone el...."

Henry says "MAMA!  DON'T LET ME DOWN!"

Mama says, "Fine. I will ask the Internet."


  1. I've been wondering about "cool" lately, myself. I still say it, but it seems like all of the young whippersnappers are saying, "sick" or "buck" or "ridiculous" instead. And let's be honest... that's just dumb! But I remember when "cool" started popping up in our culture, and my parents thought it was horrible. Now they say it. Does that mean I will say "buck" someday? Gosh I hope not!

    As a side note, my father-in-law says "neat." Everything is so "neat!" Really "neat!" For some reason I find this highly amusing!

  2. Umm, I say cool all the time, and even noticed how I'm, like, the only one saying it. Ever. I say it on chat with J a lot (we're both on chat during the day, at our respective job sites. that's weird? what?) when I run out of other pleasant adjectives - like "sweet" "ok" "super" "sounds great", etc.

    It's cool though, I think.

  3. I say it, too. Not sure that I'm cool, though!

  4. You know, that's a good question. I use it all the time, but as my newly turned 16 year old will attest to, I'm not really an arbiter of all-things-that-are-cool. I will ask said 16 year old, who IS aware of all things cool, what the proper terminology should be.