is cool no longer cool?
i just got word from my informant at a juvenile detention center that the word "cool" has fallen out of favor -- and that staff are subject to derision for using it today. i thought "cool" was everlastingly and indelibly cool, or at least that it had been cool since the jazz age.
when i asked said informant what had replaced it in the lexicon, she offered a couple candidates: (1) tight, which i like, though it carries myriad other connotations (e.g., cheap, drunk, and uncomfortable); and, (2) fo' sho', which has become a hip-hop staple, though it cracked me up when i first saw it written on a lynyrd skynyrd lyric sheet in 1979 (ya got that right? just gimme three steps). personally, i prefer "hip," though hip hasn't been cool or tight since 1961.
did the boomers kill cool by oversaturation? do we have other viable candidates? i currently close tough meetings by asking "OK, we cool?" now i'll have to work up a new bit, or maybe cultivate a completely different vibe altogether ("OK, are we satisfied that we've reached a mutually satisfactory arrangement and that our future interactions will be neither contentious nor awkward nor inhibited as a result of the difficult conversation that we have just concluded?). if nothing else, cool was coolly efficient.