Morpheus on… The Cool Collective

Sounds like a mod retro group – but it actually merges (mashes) two points on the same subject.

One: the collective noun for a number of criminals is “gang” – while for a number of dancers, it is “troupe” – and for workmen it is “crew” – fine.

Except these days, the latter is being used for ALL of them – and others. This is DEVALUATION of the English language.

Likewise “cool” – which while originally meaning somewhere between cold and warm, became adopted in the late Forties to mean MELLOW.

This usage arose when, due to financial pressures, the big bands began splitting up into small jazz combos (Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, etc.)

This too was fine; but by the Eighties, Mellow had all but disappeared – and cool began to mean anything STYLISH.

But now, NOTHING is cool anymore – so THIS word has ALSO become devalued to mean anything that is… okay.

A damn shame.

For those too young to remember, THIS is cool…


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by cyrusquick on February 10, 2014 at 2:01 am

    Another cool link for my Web Log Sidebar. I thank-you.

  2. Posted by Vincent on February 13, 2014 at 12:25 pm


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