2017-10-01 13:43:38 UTC
Last Friday I parked my car in Leeds and came back to it an hour later to
find a young (~35 years old) German having trouble parking his large camper
van in the bay behind mine. "Don't worry", I said, "I'm going now". "Thank
you, sir, cool", he said, looking pleased. The use of "sir" and "cool" in
the same sentence struck me as odd, but that is irrelevant to my main
Today, I was watching (and less than 50% understanding*) France24, a
television channel that broadcasts in French and which you can watch in a
similar way to watching BBC i-player. They interviewed a young cyclist and
asked him (I think) what he thought of the new cycle track. "Cool", he
replied, "très cool".
Youthspeak "cool" has evidently got into the French language. Not sure about
German, because the camper van driver was speaking English at the time, but
he certainly knew the word and would not have learnt it at school.
Has "cool" made an appearance in other European languages as well? Has it
reached Australia, NZ, SA, Malaysia, Nigeria and India? At what date
(presumably in America) did this meaning of the word originate?
* But gradually improving.
Richard Chambers Leeds UK.