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“Cool” Sucks and “Sucks” ain’t Cool

October 23rd, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

For a about a week now I’ve been on a mission to remove two words from my vocabulary: “cool” and “sucks.” I think these words are completely non-descriptive and their inclusion in the vernacular promotes imprecise speech and a general under-utilization of this beautiful menagerie of words we call the English Language.

I find these two words offensive, but they are a habitual part of my everyday speech. As such, I require a constant reminder to stay focused and choose appropriate, descriptive alternatives when expressing myself. To give myself this focus I decided to use a variation of a technique employed by author Tim Ferris (whose book should be arriving at my door any day now).

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This technique involves wearing a bracelet. Its purpose is to remind you not to do whatever it is you wish to stop. When you slip up, you change which wrist the bracelet is on. My goal is to make it one full month without “cool”-ing or “suck”-ing. So far I’ve only been able to go a few days at a time, but its getting easier and easier. I’ll post a follow-up when I finally succeed!

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