かっこういい！Cool, handsome etc. How many times have I said that in my life (the same number of times as I’ve said it in the last 2 years, but anyway)?
In all this time I haven’t known it’s exact spelling because half the time it’s transformed by katakana, shortened, lengthened, you name it – because it’s an exclamation word, that’s understandable (I look at too much purikura & strange keitai emails).
My best guess would have been かっこいい but obviously I wasn’t listening hard enough – or perhaps it’s just shortended in speech like すみません and ごめんなさい?
So, the other day I was asking someone if this word was related to かこ, as in someone’s clothing/style. I didn’t understand the reply and unfortunately got confused. Then for some reason I came across the word in my dictionary:
With these common kanji it all seems to make more sense!