One cool, rad post

I’m not sure when it became cool to use the word “cool,” but it was sometime after my parents’ childhoods and sometime before I hit high school.  I think it was about the time we started saying “rad,” and also about the same time people who said, “gag me with a spoon” started getting beat up after school.

Something happened to rad, though, and it was out like a hypercolor t-shirt.  (I never personally owned anything hypercolor, and as no one wears hypercolor today, I like to consider my 80s self incredibly ahead of the times.)

So…why did cool stay and rad have to go? 

And have you noticed that rad is coming back?  I noticed that around the same time I noticed myself wearing belts on top of oversized shirts, which I still don’t fully understand.

I turned to Urban Dictionary for answers. 

cool: The best way to say something is neat-o, awesome, or swell. The phrase "cool" is very relaxed, never goes out of style, and people will never laugh at you for using it, very convenient for people like me who don’t care about what’s "in."

rad: an abbreviation of ‘radical’–a term made popular by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Still primarily used by people on the West Coast who find words like ‘cool’, ‘awesome’, and ‘tight’ to be tired and overused; ‘rad’ is generally considered to be a much higher praise than the aforementioned superlatives.

So tell me…are you an always-in-style, play-it-safe COOL or a trendy yet risky RAD?*

Polenta triangles with parsley pesto, roasted butternut squash, and balsamic fig reduction
Cherry almond bars

February is gray.  February is depressing.  It’s much more fun to set up intense debates on cool vs. rad than blog about living in a gray gray gray gray world.

9 thoughts on “One cool, rad post

  1. I’m none of the above. I never said rad, but still say cool. I like the latest fashions, but comfort usually wins. I’m a huge risk taker, but seem like I’d play it safe until you get to know me better. I secretly wanted to be popular but actually hate fitting any kind of mold. Maybe all the gray fuzzed my brain?

    I will pay to you to send some cherry almond bars to work with Kevin. I love anything with cherry and/or almond.

    P.S. I don’t know if you signed V up for any martial arts yet, but this weekend we did a trial Aikido class, and it was! Send me hot mail if you want the details.

  2. Lizgizzy:

    What a coincidence–just today we started looking into martial arts for V. We’ll poke around the Interwebs some more tonight…we’ll probably go for something close to our house but we can easily be talked into other options.

    As for the cherry almond bars, I have some packaged up and ready to go to work with K tomorrow. I have to admit, they sound better than they are (I didn’t have cherry preserves so I used cherry pie filling, which I’m not a huge fan of). Anyway, I’ll let you two work out the details.

  3. I like the word awesome, especially when something sucks. Like when I turn the mixer on too fast and flour explodes in my kitchen – that’s awesome. Cat puked in my shoe – awesome. Baby has a blowout – awesome. But if you want to use the word rad I’m cool with that.

  4. I realized on my way to work this morning that I forgot my cell phone, chapstick, and deodorant. I think it is going to be an awesome day.

  5. Ummmmm. As someone who owned a hyper color t-shirt, I didn’t know we were supposed to ever stop using the word RAD… As I typed this I had a flashback to being in your totally rad sponge painted room(wearing the shirt)…THAT ROCKED!

  6. Yikes, Suzanne–you remember my hideously green and white sponged room? I didn’t know the scars ran that deep.

    As for my hypercolor comment, I was really just trying to save face for not having been cool enough to actually own one. Looks like you were. 🙂

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