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Postby Tunco » 2014.11.02 (09:56)

I think the word "cool" is a place-taker or an umbrella term for whatever disposition or set of behaviours are desirable or 'niche', in demand, in a certain social milieu. This can be a whole country or a subculture.

I think the word merits a deeper look. As a bilingual (or semi-trilingual if you consider my rudimentary Finnish skills), the word does not have any every-day equivalent in my native language Turkish. I happen to know a somewhat impressive repertoire of vocabulary in languages I don't speak fluently, and to this extent, I am not aware of an equivalent of 'cool' in any other language, too, as a word that has such variable meaning that it is practically meaningless to an outsider.

Now that I'm studying in Canada this outsider-ness is especially apparent to me; the usage of the word 'cool' I have witnessed so far led me to think that making a list of what can be considered 'cool' would be—under the light of my thoughts above—a list of what is considered 'cool' would be a list of the 'apex' of what the mainstream/popular cultural denotes as desirable.

I came up with the following list with a few people.
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•join a pseudo-gang
•wear leather stuff
•be cultured but do not be too cultured as to look like a 'dork'
•be able to cook good food
•play bass guitar
•wear fashionably unfashionable clothes
•drink wine
•lean against walls
•name your bruises (e.g. Bruce Willis, Bruce Lee, etc.)
•get people come to you
•be lighthearted but also sufficiently serious
•postmodern poems
•have a diary
•discretely do stuff that people don't know about (but don't do that stuff too much)
•near death experience
•cliff jumping
•one-time psychedelic experience
•not failing
•being wittily facetious
•swearing in foreign languages
•staying up late (but not too late)
•rusty jeans
•skating & the like
•making silly lists
•having online friends



What more can be added? What do you people think about my definition of cool, or your experience of it?
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Postby  yahoozy » 2014.11.02 (11:56)

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•have a taut body
•have a tight clean body
•be tall
•be 60 feet tall
•be made of steel
•brush your teeth
•have angel wings
•have devil wings
•DON'T be afraid of ghosts or skeletons
•turn off lights when not in room
•drink latte
•sunglasses
•don't play a video game
•have muscles (strong) but cry a lot (sad)
•tell a joke on Twitter
•hat
•be kind to ALL creatures
•even a bug
•sleep during the day
•score your favorite songs and movies (score!)
•don't have parents


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Postby 乳头的早餐谷物 » 2014.11.02 (16:03)

Cool cannot be defined. Cool cannot be imitated. Cool is universal and eternal. Cool is the old black.
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Postby Universezero » 2014.11.19 (01:09)

being cool

•be nice to old people
•take some drugs, but not all the drugs
•don't overdose (you can't be cool if you're dead)
•work out regularly
•clean yourself thoroughly everyday
•make sure to use facial scrubs
•have a well paid job as a business man
•occasionally murder people in your apartment
•get away with murder (V. IMPORTANT!)
•smoke cigars
•smoke cigars while covered in blood
•be patrick bateman
•drive faster than the speed limit, but not so fast you get a ticket
•eat red meat
•practice passive aggressive protest against the system and the "man"
•ignore authority
•get married in Vegas
•live in Vegas
•die in Vegas
•regret nothing

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Postby Vyacheslav » 2014.11.19 (01:15)

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Postby 乳头的早餐谷物 » 2014.11.19 (08:06)

Vyacheslav wrote:Image

As soon as I saw you'd posted in this thread I knew it would be a stupid image post.

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Postby Vyacheslav » 2014.11.19 (14:08)

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Postby DraxoBox » 2014.11.22 (16:53)

Universezero wrote:•ignore authority

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Postby 29403 » 2014.11.22 (20:52)

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Postby Universezero » 2015.01.03 (11:39)

29403 wrote:cool

now that's fucking cool
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Postby james_S » 2015.02.14 (15:40)

''the word [cool] does not have any every-day equivalent in my native language Turkish'' -Ha Ha. You're not cool enough to get into the EU (lol)
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