SAY WHAT?

IsCool (2)

I am happy to report that things are still cool.  The word “cool” is still an acceptable term to express any of the following:

  • You are okay, as in:  “How are you?”  “I’m cool.”
  • You are okay with doing something, as in:  “Wanna eat?”  “Yeah, cool!”
  • You approve, as in:  “Are you cool with that?” “Yeah, I’m cool.”
  • You are impressed, as in: “Hey, that’s really cool”
  • etc.

How do I know that cool is still cool?  I asked my granddaughter and she told me it is.  Okay, I will explain.

I am in the process of finishing up my third children’s book.  It’s about an 11-year-old boy named Christopher Arthur McDaniels who cannot seem to stay out of trouble.  He winds up in one predicament after another.  In my quest for accuracy and relevance, I need to make sure that the words that come out of Christopher’s mouth are the normal and customary words that any 11-year-old today would say. How do you check things like this?  Well, of course, you immediately “google it.”  Isn’t that what you do the moment you have a question about anything?  So if you want a list of current teenage language, do the search and you’ll get a list.  Uh-oh, “cool” wasn’t on it.  That’s why I asked the expert, my granddaughter.

Lucky me!  I just happen to have a 15-year-old granddaughter under my roof most of the week.  She and her BFF are a wealth of contemporary 21st century American teen culture.  If I didn’t tap into this pot of gold it would be an epic fail on my part.  The last thing I want is for kids who read my book to think I’m a complete noob.  Nope, they gotta think I’m one sick old man to be so in tune with their language…ain’t I cool!

*****

 

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About Marc Kuhn

I am a retired radio exec. I've worked at major stations in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Miami. That was then. This is now: I've published seven books and this blog thingy. Need to know more? Really? Okay, I bare/bear all at http://marckuhn.com The other links are for the websites of each of the books I've written. I've been busy! Hope you'll stop by and check them out. Thanks for your interest!
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One Response to SAY WHAT?

  1. Far out. Groovy post, man. Really bitchin’.

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