The Etymology of Cool

Flavorwire looks up the origins of their favorite slang words and finds many of them are older than you might think.


  • 1728: a large sum of money. (“A cool million.”)
  • 1825: calmly audacious. (“She kept her cool.”)
  • 1933: fashionable or hip, attributed to jazz and specifically Lester Young. (“Cool trumpet solo, Miles.”)