Cool is Bliss

 

Michelle, the prompt nazi said this today: “Language evolves. The meaning of a word can shift over time as we use it differently — think of “cool,” “heavy,” or even “literally. Today, give a word an evolutionary push: give a common word a new meaning, explain it to us, and use it in the title of your post.”

No, Michelle, I am not going to do this prompt—but your mention of the word “cool” hit a chord with me.

Cool City Limit

Cool City Limit (Photo credit: jimmywayne)

I love the word “cool”.  I use it all the time. I love that Abed on the series “Community” which my son introduced to me says: “Cool, cool, cool” in response to a variety of situations. It is such an all-encompassing comment in one word. Just think about how often it fits a situation.

According to my handy dandy Thesaurus mysteriously embedded in my laptop Windows Microsoft Word program, cool is supposed to be interchangeable with nifty, groovy, with-it, hip, trendy, and stylish. I beg to differ. Cool is so “cool” it is almost indefinable. The two words that come somewhere close are “excellent” and “okay”— words that seem to be on the opposite ends of the scale, yet in defining cool are not.

Cool expresses pleasure, approval,  and agreement, but at its height it represents: “an admired aesthetic of attitude, comportment, appearance and style” ~ Wikipedia (that source of knowledge I vowed never to use, but utilize unabashedly and surprisingly often as long as I am not doing serious research).

If I were ordered to never use the word “cool” again, I would be rendered speechless in many situations, particularly in commenting on blogs. I use the word often and with heartfelt sincerity. If I ever employ it on your blog—it is meant as a compliment of the highest form. It is my failsafe word, my word that seems to just fit, and even if I look odd uttering it—I will be using it to my dying day.

Cool.

Cool emoticon

Cool emoticon (Photo credit: wstera2)

What one word do you use that gives you bliss?

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Freakin’ Friday Bliss

Emmy graphic

Emmy graphic (Photo credit: Alan Light)

No, I have not been nominated for the ABC award (Awesome Blog Award) I assume because of the No Awards message on my blog. Although I still get nominations for other awards, I am just too lazy to accept them because I don’t want to fulfill the obligations (but I must say I am honoured when nominated). I want to celebrate my fellow bloggers as much as the next person, but I have to do it when I am inspired. If it becomes a chore, then it is not as much fun.

Having said all of that, I am going to pretend that I have been nominated because I like the concept of finding a word or phrase that means something to me alphabetically, and because I can think of nothing else to post about today. I just read another blogger’s list and found it quite interesting—but they said it was not as easy as it seems. So here goes:

Beautiful Red

Beautiful Red (Photo credit: Krug6)

A: Okay, I am stuck already so I will go with Apple or Awesome (a word I never use, but I do eat apples) Wait, wait—Adam—the name of my firstborn

B: Bliss (you know I had to work it in somewhere, and it is my word of the year)

C: Connie—my walking partner—she makes me walk and so that is why I am in as good a shape as I am (you have to take my word for it—no pictures) and Chocolate for my Looney friend and me.

D: Doppelganger—apparently we all have one—mine is a singer in Niagara Falls

E: Excellent – always liked seeing that on a report card; hated Satisfactory

F: Fungus – aren’t mushrooms fungus?

G: Gee, as in gee golly gosh

H: Happy

I: Indigo—such a nice word for blue

J: John—my husband; and my brother John (these are two different Johns–nothing funny here); and while we are at it, Jim, my other brother

K: “Kay”, as in okay

L: Lou (my nickname); and lace

English: Lace Nederlands: kant

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

M: Money (hey, I’m honest)

N: Nickelback (why do so many people make fun of them – I don’t know their music but their name popped into my mind for some reason—maybe because I like underdogs)

O: Okay—the long form of “kay”

English: Earrings with pearls

English: Earrings with pearls (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

P: Peggy – my sister and one of my favourite people; and Pearls

Q: I love the letter Q—guess I will go for quirky which is what I think of the letter Q

R: Restaurant—a place where I do not have to cook

S: Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory – my son gave me a bobble head of Sheldon—he is sitting on the shelf just above my head

T: Tyler – my second born; also Thumb is at the forefront of my mind today—cause I have an awful infection in mine and am going to have to seek medical help—hopefully not amputation

U: Understanding (I need this from the people I know and love)

V: Victory

W: Woo Hoo; or we’re as in “we’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time”—the hue and outcry of my university days

X: X-men – something my youngest son likes—video game, super heroes, movie—I am not sure—could be one and all

Y: Yes—(self-explanatory)

Z: Zephyr—don’t know why—just like this word

So what does this tell you about me—I love my family; I am quirky; and you do not want to say “no” to me—it can either be “kay”, okay or yes. And I will be trying to get a doctor’s appointment today before my thumb falls off—which is freaking hard to do in my neck of the words—I can hear the receptionist now—”I can give you an appointment in the first week of July, or last day of September, or January 2, 2015.”

Bliss is getting in to see the doctor when you need to—will update you on whether I achieved bliss today. What one thing would give you bliss today?

Oh, and by the way, I agree with the blogger twindaddy who said it was not as easy as it seems. Check out his 26.