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Word: be neither warm nor cool (temperature)

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tepid? That may not be the best word since it is often used to mean slightly warm.


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4 thoughts on “be neither warm nor cool (temperature)

  1. Rhona Fenwick says:

    I didn’t suggest either of them, but I have to say it blows my mind that there’s such an imbalance in the voting pattern between this and “be cool”.

    • Andrew Miller says:

      Whatever the formal dictionary definition may be of ‘tepid’, I am mostly in favor of having a word designating a ‘neutral’ range of temperature: something a speaker would judge as neither being warm nor cool. It would be exotic from an English-speaker’s perspective, and would be more concise than bIrbe’ ‘ej ghunbe’ ‘ej tujbe’.

    • janSIy says:

      Sometimes, but not really. When differentiated, tepid is cooler than warm, but still warmer than cool. I would describe it as water that feels like it doesn’t have a temperature (so I guess skin temperature, which is pretty warm compared to many things). As I said in the proposal, perhaps “tepid” isn’t the best definition, since I really mean, “neither warm nor cool”. Let me see if I can change the proposal.

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