Everything is cool (except how often I say “cool”)

The LEGO Movie told us that “Everything is awesome,” but according to me everything is “cool.” I say cool a lot. It’s a verbal tic. I say it without thinking about it. I’m sure I often say it without even realizing it. Saying cool this much is not cool.

Frequently “cool” is my verbal version of a Facebook “like.” It is a way to quickly acknowledge something in a positive manner. For me, cool is typically more of a spoken head nod than a declaration of any uniquely identified aspect of coolness.

Pulp Fiction - What's Fonzie like?
He’s cool. That’s what he’s like.

Sometimes when I say “cool” I really mean “okay.” You say you want pizza for lunch, and I’m likely to say “that’s cool.” I’m not saying pizza exemplifies cool; I’m saying I’ll eat it.

Sometimes I say “cool” to mean “I’ve got it.” If my boss explains an assignment to me I may respond, “cool.” It may be a boring assignment that is the opposite of cool, but I’m saying I understand what I need to do and confirming I will do it.

Outkast - What's cooler than being cool?Of course, sometimes when I say “cool” I do mean “cool!” For instance, you may tell me some really wonderful news, and I reply “That’s so cool!”

Very rarely I even say “cool” to actually describe the temperature of something.

I realize that constantly saying cool isn’t the most intelligent behavior for an educated woman in her forties. It is a bad habit, but I’m not sure how to go about breaking it. Mentally kicking myself after I realize I’ve said cool again is clearly not working.

I have a good vocabulary. I know a lot of other words and phrases I could say instead of “cool” in various contexts: wonderful, great, okay, got it, yes, sounds good, interesting. But breaking the habit of saying everything is cool will take a lot of practice.

Anybody can be cool, but awesome takes practice

Is there a word you say too much? Are you doing anything to try to break yourself of the habit?

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