Too Cool for Internet Explorer

Friday, September 3, 2004


More often in instant message conversations and informal e-mail than on my blog or anywhere else I write, you may notice me typing “kul” from time to time. For example:

You: Hey, I just picked up so-n-so’s latest CD

Me: kul

Once in a while, I get asked what that means, so here’s the answer. Years ago, I interacted with a Christian artist named Brett Barry. Unfortunately, I haven’t heard much from him since then. At the time, however, I really enjoyed his music and got a real kick out of the message on one of the T-shirts he was selling. I’m not really the type to wear shirts that carry this kind of message, but I still enjoyed it.

Life was okay, I guess. Existence would have been a better word to describe it. No purpose, not much meaning, I was just here. Then, one day, I had a friend who told me that God (Jehovah, you know, the one who made the universe) loved me (yea, me, little me) and that He wanted to hang out with me one on one. To that, I said, “KüL,” and my life will never be the same.

Yes, that’s KüL with a little umlaut above the letter ‘u,’ as in, “cool” with more of a strained/street pronunciation. I really liked this variation of “cool.”

The IRC channels I used to frequent didn’t (still don’t?) support those extended characters, I’ve never advocated the use of HTML-formatted e-mail which can support them, and when I’m typing very informal e-mails and IMs, I seldom waste time using the shift key. Consequently, instead of KüL, it pretty much always came out as kul when I typed it. It still does.

kul, eh?

» Posted by ALBj at 09:57 PM (ET)
Category: Journal, Musings


We are now accepting wagers on how long it takes for this variation to make it through the myriad tunnels of instant message and e-mail communication until it becomes part of the 133t-speak of the script kiddies…


Consequently, while I’ve never really wondered where your alterna-spelling came from, it’s a pretty kul story. ;-)

» Posted by chris
September 6, 2004 09:55 PM

I realize this wasn’t the point, but don’t get me started on HTML and RTF e-mails. I rarely see a good reason to use them. What a waste.

» Posted by Queue
September 9, 2004 10:31 AM

Three months later, and it just occurred to me that “kul” can be typed with one hand, unlike “cool.” Yet another reason I like it.

» Posted by Lee Bennett
December 10, 2004 01:45 PM

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