After a Monday where the temperature failed to get above 0 on the Fahrenheit scale, we reflect on the chill that has persisted in Sioux Falls this winter.  Four times in 2014, the temperature has stayed at zero or below for an entire 24-hour period.  Also, 17 of the first 28 days of January have had a temperature at zero or below at least some time during the day.  Plus the month of December was the eighth coldest on record in Sioux Falls, so being cool is not just a January thing.

Cold is a word that relates to a condition of being uncomfortable in the temperature.  However, when in combination with other words, the effect take a little bit of the chilly sting away.  For example if you enjoy a little “cold duck” the concoction of different wines or champagne might create a little warm feeling inside.  Keeping the consumption theme intact are “cold cuts” which are certain meats that go on a sandwich, which could be toasted.  Your skin can become beautiful by an application of “cold cream” and you can get paid for services with “cold cash.”

Using the word chill feels a little less harsh.  You get an effect that produces a shiver in moderate conditions without freezing.  Giving someone a “chilly” reception is more like a snub.  An icy stare, however gets your attention.  In that case, maybe you should “chill out.”

Eventually we can graduate to cool which means at one time it was warm or hot.  If you’ve been running around like a fool, sometimes it’s best to “cool your heels.”  Being poised or restrained in your emotions means you keep a “cool head.”  Plus for those who are working out and trying to stay within your New Year’s weight loss goals take a little time to “cool down.”  Hopefully you see the excellence and the trendy way these words are used.  If you did, “Cool.”