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”
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!