Cool (from English cool 'cool, cold' ; noun: coolness ) is an Anglicism that was originally used in German for young people and has become part of everyday language . The word is also spelled "KWL" in network jargon .
The term is used on the one hand to casually describe a particularly relaxed or casual , nonchalant , cool, sovereign , controlled and not nervous state of mind or mood (compare: stay cool , cool head in the sense of "stay calm"). On the other hand, cool, as a word used by young people, is used to identify situations that are perceived as particularly positive and correspond to the ideal (similar to “ cool ”) in the sense of “beautiful”, “good”, “pleasant” or “pleasant”. Depending on the milieu and age group, the term is extremely versatile.
There are a number of synonyms and similar terms for coolness in German : serenity , control, prudence ( Sophrosyne ), composure , thick-skinned, relaxed, composure, serenity , measuredness, patience , composure , calmness , balance, equanimity, cold-bloodedness, coolness, long-suffering , Nonchalance , leisure , naturalness, sobriety, calm, peace of mind , self-control , Sprezzatura , stoicism , superiority, carefree, uninhibitedness, ease, prudence, restraint, informality.
- Helmut Lethen : The behavior of the cold. Life experiments between the wars (= Edition Suhrkamp 1884 = NF Volume 884). Suhrkamp, Frankfurt am Main 1994, ISBN 3-518-11884-6 .
- Ted Vincent: Keep Cool. The Black Activists who Built the Jazz Age. Pluto Press, London et al. 1995, ISBN 0-7453-0922-4 (English).
- Thomas Frank: The Conquest of Cool. Business Culture, Counterculture, and the Rise of Hip Consumerism. University of Chicago Press, Chicago 1998, ISBN 978-0-226-26012-9 (English).
- Ulf Poschardt : Cool. Rogner & Bernhard at Zweiausendeins, Hamburg 2000, ISBN 3-8077-0152-4 .
- Tom Holert : Cool. In: Ulrich Bröckling , Susanne Krasmann , Thomas Lemke (Eds.): Glossary of the Present (= Edition Suhrkamp 2381). Suhrkamp, Frankfurt am Main 2004, ISBN 3-518-12381-5 , pp. 42-48.
- Klaus Neumann-Braun, Birgit Richard: Coolhunters. Youth cultures between media and market (= Suhrkamp-Taschenbuch 3693). Suhrkamp, Frankfurt am Main 2005, ISBN 3-518-45693-8 .
- Jakob Kandlbinder: Strong and cool. Selected youth cultures since the 1950s . Telos Verlag, Münster 2005, ISBN 978-3-933060-18-1 (diploma thesis, Coburg University of Applied Sciences, 2003).
- Andreas Urs Sommer : Coolness. On the history of distance. In: Ulrich Raulff , Stephan Schlak (Ed.): Old hats. Alienation, coolness, underground (= magazine for the history of ideas. Vol. 1, issue 1,2007). Beck, Munich 2007, ISBN 978-3-406-55940-2 , pp. 30-44.
- Andreas Bernard , Diana Weis (eds.): Looking cool: Fashion & youth cultures . Archive of Youth Cultures , Berlin 2012, ISBN 978-3-943774-00-9 .
- "Leitbilder I: Coolness" radio essay by Joachim Weiner from the series "Leitbilder der Gegenwartsgesellschaft" of the Deutschlandfunk broadcast Essay and Discourse (duration 28:35 minutes)
- Matthias Heine: What's cool? , Die Welt 10 December 2007
- Judith Kohlenberger: The Power of Cool , science.orf.at, February 13, 2012 - with hypotheses of origin
- http://www.internetslang.com : What does KWL mean? Retrieved December 30, 2016 .
- The German dictionary. Knaur - Lexigraphisches Institut, Munich 1985, p. 248: Here, cool is described on the one hand as distant, without arousal, but in a second meaning also as blissful in a drug intoxication .
- Duden. Volume 1: Duden, the German spelling. 22nd completely revised and enlarged edition, updated reprint. Dudenverlag, Mannheim et al. 2001, ISBN 3-411-04012-2 , p. 266: cool is described, among other things, as a youth language for excellent .
- Johann Werfring: Megageil and cool is in the school ' article in the "Wiener Zeitung" of September 6, 2012 Supplement "program points," p 7
- see also synonyms for coolness in Synonyms.Woxikon.de , in OpenThesaurus.de as well as the German translations for the English term