Since its inception in the 1940s and 50s, “Cool” was a club most of us couldn’t enter. Being cool always meant you were different, in, happening, an outsider, or against the mainstream society at large. The working middle class didn’t get to be cool. They were the unhip squares living tragic lives in the suburbs of sadness.
One of the ways people identified other cool people was by their vernacular. Cool always had its own slang and language. The words evolved through the decades since the jazz fans and Beats of long ago. Hip, hep, dope, fresh, chill, tight, and on and on. They’re still churning out new cool slang words even today. But that soon may have to change.
No cool person with any dignity and belief in their own hipness would tolerate hearing their grandmother say, “That’s dope, dawgg.” Once a “cool” words reaches that level of public saturation, the word is immediately deemed un-cool and never to be used again by the hipster crowd.
With the omnipresence of social media in our lives, words will never again be secretive and hip. Once they are invented, they will be instantly disseminated throughout the entire public at rapid speeds. Almost instantly. This means your grandmother will know the cool words as soon as you do. This means no words will be cool.
Perhaps, in the future, hipsters will have to be identified by the words they refuse to use.
So, tomorrow, if you want to be “cool” and “in” and “happening”, please, whatever you do, do NOT use the words “cool” and “in” and “happening.”