English 10: Writing Portfolio
Catholic Memorial High School
has been in the English language for about 1000 years, is that cool or what?
perception of the word cool is similar to hip, hot, or chill and used too describe a hip person. But
the word was first used to describe a tempreture that was relatively cold but at a relaxing level.
The word was spelled with an E at the end and with only one O and went through many different
spellings over 1000 years as would any other word that old. Compared to today's use it shows
the changes words have made over the years in English and how they are still changing.
In Webster's dictionary cool is "neither warm nor cold" and is commonly used as an
adjective. The American Heritage dictionary's defintion of cool is "moderatly cold, a
comfortable tempreture." The Chambers dictionary says "to lower the tempreture" used
as a verb.
The OED's defintion of cool was first spelt "col" and in Old English to describe
water. The word was in the book Boeth Metr and we do not know the author so he must have skipped out
on his publishing debut. But cool has had the unfortuate history in which threeof it's first
three uses had no author. Another use of the word means to depress or to unheat an object that was
too hot. Since the OED gives much more detailed defintions for every word most other poser
dictionaries have used cool in the same light although some have put the first dictonary second to
the common perception of the word cool as in hip or very popular and the real defintion in second.
The author Sir R. Guylforde used cool to describe the wind and the cooling effect it had o his back.
This use is describing a relaxingly cool tempreture of the wind. Shakepeare used cool to describe
being calm and as an adjective. Nathaniel Thomas used cool to describe a faint and almost
The word cool is perfect example of how the words in English language have changed and become
popular over the 1000 years in its long existence.
Dear William Shakespeare,
To Americans hockey is a very popular and
professional sport that has been a great success when it
Dear Mr. President,