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infracool

adjective; compounding
not cool, unappreciated As the speaker explained to me, “ultracool” means “very cool” because “ultra” means “beyond.” The prefix “infra” means “below,” as in “infrastructure,” so “infracool” means “below cool.” It seems to convey a stronger connotation of dislike then simply “un-cool.” The concept of taking an existing prefix/ root pair, and adding a prefix with a directly opposite meaning seems to be common in English( ie, microphone leads to megaphone).
 
This homework is so infracool.
Etymology : ‘infra’ (below) + ‘cool’ (slang for excellent)
Source : conversation with Electrical Engineering student
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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