“Cool” is a word with many meanings. Its old meaning is used to express a temperature that is a little bit cold. As the world has changed, the world has had many different meanings. “Cool” can be used to express feelings of interest in almost anything.
When you see a famous car in the street, maybe you will say, “It’s cool.” You may think, “He’s so cool,” when you see your favorite footballer. We all maximize (扩大) the meaning of “cool”. You can use it instead of many words such as “new” or “surprising”. Here’s an interesting story we can use to show the way the word is used. A teacher asked her students to write about the waterfall (瀑布) they had visited. On one student’s paper was just the one sentence, “It’s so cool.” Maybe he thought it was the best way to show what he saw and felt.
But the story also shows a scarcity (缺乏) of words. Without “cool”, some people have no words to show the same meaning. So it is quite important to keep some credibility (可信性). Can you think of many other words that make your life as colorful as the word “cool”? I can. And I think they are also very cool.
小题1:We know that the word “cool” has had ________.
A. only one meaning B. no meanings C. many different meanings
小题2:In the passage, the word “express” means “____________.”
A. see B. show C. know
小题3:If you are ________ something, you may say, “It’s cool.”
A. interested in B. angry about C. afraid of
小题4:The writer takes an example to show he is _______ the way the word is used.
A. pleased with B. strange to C. worried about
小题5:In the passage, the writer suggests（暗示）that the word “cool” ______.
A. can be used instead of many words
B. usually means something interesting
C. may not be as cool as it seems