cool

101 Words I Don't Use
by Paul Niquette


Copyright 1997 by Paul Niquette. All rights reserved.
cool adj
  1. rather cold, often in a pleasant way
  2. food that is cool is no longer hot
  3. cool clothes prevent you from feeling too hot
  4. cool colors, such as white and blue, give an idea of cold instead of heat
  5. impressive because of being fashionable or attractive
  6. used for agreeing to something or saying that something would be convenient
  7. calm and relaxed, nonchalant
  8. not friendly or enthusiastic
  9. used with an amount of money for emphasizing how large it is
  10. used for emphasizing how good something is
Seems like in their verbal laziness, people of all ages -- adolescents in particular -- have become habituated to using the word cool in sense 10 above for describing everything that meets with their approval.  That has become quite tiresome, I think. 

During the '90s, the Bicycle History Museum occasionally gave me an opportunity to
conduct tours of the various exhibits.  I took to handing teenagers four quarters at the door as a gift -- with the proviso that they must pay me twenty-five cents for each time they said "cool."

Those who went home with coins jingling in their pockets and purses typically substituted only one word from this list of a hundred for expressing their observations...

absorbing, affecting, alluring, amazing, amusing, arresting, astonishing, astounding, attractive, beautiful, bewildering, breathtaking, captivating, charismatic, compelling, confounding, curious, delightful, elegant, enchanting, engaging, engrossing, enthralling, entrancing, exceptional, exotic, extraordinary, eye-popping, fabulous, fantastic, fascinating, fine, gracious, great, gripping, groovy, immense, impressive, incomprehensible, inconceivable, incredible, interesting, intriguing, inviting, legendary, lovely, magnetic, marvelous, mind-blowing, mind-boggling, miraculous, out-of-sight, outrageous, overwhelming, peachy, phenomenal, pleasing, pleasurable, prepossessing, primo, prodigious, provocative, rad, readable, refreshing, refreshing, remarkable, riveting, shocking, singular, spectacular, staggering, staggering, startling, stimulating, stirring, striking, striking, striking, stunning, stupefying, stupefying, stupendous, stupendous, super, superb, surprising, terrific, thought-provoking, unbelievable, unusual, wicked, winning, wonderful, wondrous

The word was interesting.  Not much better than cool I suppose, but it was worth a try.
 
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