frank at joerdens.de
Mon Jun 18 15:29:45 PDT 2001
On Mon, Jun 18, 2001 at 05:20:48PM -0400, Josip Loncaric wrote:
[ . . . ]
> P.S. Dual use applications will grow. Combining the traditional and
> the computing meanings of the word 'architect', IBM's Blue Gene
> architects envision an indoor cascading waterfall of chilled water to
> cool their million-processor machine. IBM'ers will be able to relax
> with the pleasant sound of gurgling water while they compute...
Cool . . . ;)
Just a reminder:
cool, adj. (Of jazz) good and modern: jazz-lover's: since ca. 1945. (The
Observer, 16 Sept. 1956)-2. (Of a singer) slow and husky: since ca.
1948. (Ibid.)-3. Very pleasing or attractive or satisfactory: Can. (esp.
teenagers'): adopted, ca. 1955 from US. All these senses came from US: 1
and 2 were adopted at least 5, perhaps 10, years earlier in Can. than in
UK. 'Cool became a word of praise when hot ceased to be one; that is,
when hot jazz went out of fashion, to be displaced by bop or bebop, a
later-a "progressive" or "modern jazz"' (Priestley, 1959).-4.
Self-possessed; real cool, devilishly self-possessed: jazz, beatnik,
teenage: since ca. 1950. Cf.-in S. E.-'a cool hand' and 'cool-headed'.
Dempster, 1979, noted that the term 'cool' was now demode among the
'smart set'.-5. Retaining complete control-or so the addict
believes-while 'turned on' (drug-exhilareted): since late 1960s. Wyatt,
1973. An extension of sense 4.-6. 'Not carrying illegal drugs' (Fryer,
1967): addicts': since early 1960's.-7. Good; acceptable; functioning:
Aus. 'Heard recently, of battery in a camera' (Sayers, 1987).
(Langenscheidt Dictionary of Slang, 1989; ed. by Paul Beale, based on A
Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English by Eric Partridge)
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