“Cool water” vs. “cold water” [closed]

We often use “cool water”. But can we use “cool water” or “cold water”? Which is correct? Examples:

  • I drink cool water only.
  • People always like cool water.

In the above examples, instead of the word cool, can we use cold?


For Bodies of Water, choose “cool”

When referencing a body of water like a swimming pool, pond, lake or even an ocean, use “cool.” A “cold” body of water is dangerous and threatening. While a “cool” body of water is inviting and friendly; one might take a swim in a “cool lake,” but not a “cold lake.”

For Drinks, choose “cold”

In English (American, at least) you are more likely to see “cold” used in reference to drinks. If you search for “cold beverages” you’ll find results like below. If you search for “cool beverages” you will have fewer results. (Google will actually return results for “cold beverages” because of its algorithms.)

The reason is that “cold” is considered close to ice; whereas “cool” is closer to “mild” or “warm” while still being cooler than either. If you are seeking refreshment, you are likely to want something “cold” instead of “cool.”

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