Coolth: pleasantly low temperature.

20140216-065304.jpgThis picture was taken with my iPhone yesterday.  I was out on a snowshoe hike on the Pineland-Bradbury Corridor Trail. The trailhead is on the Lawrence Road in Pownal and effectively splits  the trail into one of two options.  One is to hike to Pineland. The other to hike to the backside of Bradbury Mountain State Park. This bridge, over Thoit’s Brook is on the backside of Bradbury.  It was a coolth day. The temperature hovered right at freezing, so I could reduce the number of layers expected to stay safely warm.  A light snow was falling. Even with the reduced layers, snowshoeing is a whole body exercise and I sweated through the first two layers and into the third. Life is good when well lived. I had driven by the trailhead earlier in the day and saw that it had been snowmobile groomed. This promised an easier hike. However, after about a quarter of the mile, the snowmobile trail turned right while the PBCT trail continued on, unbroken, ungroomed. Each step now became a chore of breaking through the icy crust, which worked against the coolth factor of the experience. 

Now stepping forward into into Serendipity

I.  Coolth suits were environmental suits designed for cold-adapted species like Ensos to survive on worlds with high temperatures, such as Tatooine or the Bright Lands of Ryloth or Cairns. For example, Ensos, used to the freezing temperatures of Ensolica, were forced to wear these cumbersome suits in order to avoid near-instant heatstroke.  Further explorations down this path go deeper and deepest int the world of  Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki.

I name you the Sword of the Jedi. You are like tempered steel, purposeful and razor-keen. Always you shall be in the front rank, a burning brand to your enemies, a brilliant fire to your friends. Yours is a restless life, and never shall you know peace, though you shall be blessed for the peace that you bring to others. Take comfort in the fact that, though you stand tall and alone, others take shelter in the shadow that you cast.
Luke Skywalker, seized by a powerful Force premonition, bestowing the title of Sword of the Jedi upon Jaina Solo[src]


II.  So also sayeth Lewis Carol, “”The room’s very hot, with all this crowd,” the Professor said to Sylvie. “I wonder why they don’t put some lumps of ice in the gr ate? You fill it with lumps of coal in the winter, you know, and you sit round it and enjoy the warmth. How jolly it would be to fill it now with lumps of ice, and sit round it and enjoy the coolth!

III. Coolth makes a comeback on a 2006 Christian Science Monitor blog posting.

Coolth, as a counterpart to “warmth,” is another word I wanted to check out after my initi/ival “ruthless” discussion. I’d read that the Elizabethans had coolth, but that it had fallen out of the language since. After a bit of research, I’ve confirmed that earlier coolth, but also found that the word has made a modest comeback in our own day.

However, there are no links in the article to guide us down this path in serene serendipity.  The weblog itself, Verbal Energy exists no more.

IV Road Safety Messages, with some coolth comes to us from the Pune Mirror website in India. The local government was making an effort to effectively improve traffic safety.

A campaign is all about conveying a message to people, and having people respond to it. Most government campaigns often lack the expertise to craft an effective message, and so, they are disappointed by the results. 

V. Apparently coolth does not meet expectation for a playful word in the world.  Given the tepid temperatures at the Winter Olympics, you would think that one writer, besides yours truly, would work coolth into a the story line of soggy halfpipe snow. How UnCoolth would that be!


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