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What “cool” originally sounded like

Marc Bain
Jazz musician Lester Young performs at the 5 Spot Cafe in circa 1958 in New York City, NY
Jazz musician Lester Young performs at the 5 Spot Cafe in circa 1958 in New York City, NY

“Cool” is one of those words so liberally used its definition has become fuzzy around the edges. We know shoppers chase it and companies try to sell it. Generally speaking it indicates something positive, but with a range of connotations including stylish, original, authentic, rebellious, and more. Originally, though, it had a slightly different meaning.…

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