Monday, September 16, 2013

Word of the Week - Cool

Thank you, Rachel Koppendrayer, for the inspiration for this week's word in your comment last week. ;-)

So cool has quite a fun history! Its primary meaning of "not warm" has been around since Old English days. No surprise there. And has also been applied to people who are unperturbed or not given to emotional demonstration for just as long.

But of course, we're more interested in the slang uses. ;-) I had no idea that it's been around since 1728 in its application to large sums of money to give emphasis--i.e. "a cool million." And it's also meant "calmly audacious" since 1825--had no clue about that one!

It's modern meaning of "fashionable" is older than you might think, too, from 1933. It originated in black jazz circles but was in the common vernacular by 1940. Pretty cool, eh? ;-)

But not as cool as this--check it out! Whispers from the Shadows was apparently one of the freebies given away at lunch yesterday at ACFW! Big thanks to all my friends who sent me texts and pictures of its appearances at conference, from the placard on the Harvest House table to this:
Picture courtesy the fantabulous Susie Finkbeiner

Makes me feel like I was there!


  1. Interesting. That word is older than I thought. Words have a way of surprising you sometimes.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. So pretty having your book there. :) And, of course, COOL too :D. Fascinating history.

  3. Glad to be of service!

    Would that all fancy dinners involve a place setting of a free book. That would truly be cool!

    1. I know, right? Though most of them do at at the ACFW Conference, LOL.

  4. Roseanna, that's an awesome picture, and I'm so glad they featured your book like that!


  5. I was so excited when I saw your book on the table, Roseanna! I snatched my copy up right away! Can't wait to read it.