â€œCoolâ€ is a â€œnew-generationâ€ word used to describe something or anything that a person likes or finds original, fancy, surprising, trendy, or fun. It is used to describe something that appeals to the person: a thing, an idea, another personâ€¦ â€œCoolâ€ depends on a personâ€™s tastes, so every person has a different set of â€œcool thingsâ€.
I first heard the word â€œcoolâ€ from my cousin way back when we were kids. Back then, we would have probably said: â€œLook at that cool robotâ€ or â€œI like that movie, itâ€™s cool!â€. Kids mostly use â€œcoolâ€ to describe toys, games, movies, or people that they like. Teens however, have different visions.
For most superficial teens, â€œcoolâ€ is about appearance and trend. Many teens try to be â€œcoolâ€ by dressing in a certain way and doing certain actions, thinking that it will make them popular. So a stereotypical â€œcool guyâ€ these days is one thatâ€™s â€œwearinâ€ some baggy jeans (that are barely hanging on) and some kind of ridiculous top. Heâ€™d probably have a couple of tattoos and piercings, and would be saying things like: â€œYo!â€Â or â€œWhassup man?â€Â or â€œChill out dude!â€.Â It would also help to smoke, drink, or drive a convertible car without a license. For these people, it would also help to use special colors or specific brands of items, (like Oakleyâ€™s for sunglasses, Eastpak for bags, or always wearing blackâ€¦). They think â€œcoolâ€ is â€œperfectâ€.
Classical people (the old generation, or people who take life too seriously) also have a different vision of â€œcoolâ€. If these people use that word at all, they use its literal meaning, or use it to describe a calm, quiet person.
I, on the other hand, am not a very classical person, so I also have a different vision. To me, a person is â€œcoolâ€ if he/she is original, stylish, classy, and nice. I also refer to the music I listen to as â€œcoolâ€, and probably everything else that I might like or find interesting. So to me, things like rock and techno music, a new fancy sports car, meeting a celebrity, or getting an A on an exam or assignmentâ€¦ are cool! And things like pollution, war, crowds, hypocrites, and boring books are not cool.
Because â€œcoolâ€ depends on tastes and likes, it has no one definition. But it is useful because it expresses oneâ€™s ideas and tells about a personâ€™s tastes, so itâ€™sâ€¦ cool! And because itâ€™s harmless, it is not wrong to try to be â€œcoolâ€, but letâ€™s try not to over-do it.
Here’s a link to the word’s Urban Dictionary definition: