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Fishyfishyfish
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In school, all the time, I here he's hot or she's hot, but I don't get it, what makes someone hot or "cold" (hehehe)?

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Celtic Daisy
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"Hot" as i've heard it, is just a slang term to say whether or not someone is attractive. This is another good example of why slang is bad, it's easier just to say "he's attrative" or "she's pretty".

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That doesn't follow in my opinion. "Hot" uses a single simple syllable. Therefore, it is easier to say and a lot quicker to type. Furthermore, it does not endorse any stereotypes or offend any minorities like how the misuse of the word "gay" does. The war against slang can only go so far. After all, everything was slang originally!

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It's just a matter of personal preception, although there have been numerous studies on what kind of norms our society holds as to what is attractive. They have yeilded such *extreeme sarcasm* incredibly useful tidbits of information such as:
girls - hourglass figure, waist 1/3 smaller than sholders and hips
guys - tall and broad shouldered
both - youthful and healthy

Which helps us about none considering how vauge those descriptions are, and I seriously doubt they are all that prevailant of a norm anyway.

It's a matter of personal taste really.


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I like the word "hot" to describe someone I'm attracted to, because it doesn't include a value judgement about that person, just my own opinion. I can say someone is hot even if they are nowhere near cultural norms of beauty, just because I'm attracted to them. I also often use hot to describe someone that's doing something cool, like transgressing prescribed gender roles, loving their body, or just dressed really interestingly.

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quote:
I also often use hot to describe someone that's doing something cool,
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You know, its interesting, but that may be one of the few metaphors in English that doesn't fucntion properly within its model- that is, hot and cool aren't at the opposite end of the scale like they are on a thermometer. Sorry, I know thats off topic, but its really interesting.

As for me, I use the word sometimes to mean "sexually attractive"- usually when I am talking more about the physical attributes that I find attractive (which are not necessarily those of the mainstream standards), than when I am talking about being attracted to someone as a whole person.


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grrr... i HATE the term "hot"... and i'm not one to use the term hate lightly... serously... who thought of that... okay i've told all of my friends my reason for why i dont like the word hot... maybe it will make u laugh... or... maybe u'll just think i'm odd... but:
hot makes me think of food
food makes me think of chicken
people just arent chickens
therefore... people just cant be hot

wat do u think? its logical... i a way =) lol yah... but u know how if u hear something enouf u get used to it... i guess i'm kind of getting used to the term hot... altho i still cringe when i hear it used in the referance of how cute someone is


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Ah no, you have ruined the word "hot" for me now! I wont be able to stop thinking of chickens whenever I hear it now!

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Fishyfishyfish
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It looks like this is a HOT topic(lol). I have to agree with celtic daisy, why couldn't they use a word that fits. Hot just dosen't make sense as a description of people. I've got another question. Can someone be cool & hot at the same time? From what i've heard, they can, and that <B>really</B> dosen't make any sense.

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You can't be too literal with these terms. . . There really is no point. Hot, cool, they mean about as much as groovy and funky used to. I mean, if someone is hot and cool that generally means they are physically attractive (hot) and an interesting/ popular (cool) person. In any case, it's just a fun term. . . Like "steamy" or "fresh" (although, "fresh" is not one of my favorites). Since they are slang terms, you really can't think about their actual meanings, because mostly it's all in the intonation.
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I guess 'hot' varies from person to person, but i don't think it has to do with whether or not you like the person. This kid at school, who i really dislike, i think of as incredibly hot, but i still hate her. My friend, who i have a crush on, i think of as not hot, but so?

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I think I basically agree with Touchstone...you can ask people now to define 'hot' and you'll probably come up with a million different responses. .

It's the same with how people view that type of thing...some girls get offended when they're called "chicks" while others take it to be a compliment.

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Like Maryha said, it's a pretty simple subject.

Usually people are called "hot" if someone is attracted to them. There's really no gray area, it's just that basic.


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Touchstone
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I disagree, there is a grey area. Someone could say "hey she's hot"(1) and i could say "hell no"(2), and a friend could say "enh, shes ok"(3).

1 & 2 being black and white, while 3 being the gray area


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I think what Daydreamer is saying, Touchstone, is that the concept of what 'hot' means in this case, is a simple one, with no gray area. That 'hot' means that someone is attractive, without question, is I think what Daydreamer was getting at.

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