Use of common words and phrases

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When (in years) did the common usage of the slang word "SWELL" quickly get replaced with the slang word "COOL" in America?  I know it was between 1940 to 2000, but I need to have a close-fitting timeline of this phenomenon. Any help would be...swell. 

asked Oct 06 '13 at 22:06 GENTRY CUTSFORTH New member

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Try the Online Etymology Dictionary for more information. It states that the use of cool as a "general term of approval" started in the late 1940's. I would not call this a phenomenon at all. Slang terms are constantly changing, and the words to show approval, that something is great or excellent, are probably ones that change most frequently.

link comment answered Oct 07 '13 at 05:32 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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