Hot’s not cool

From Sept. 21 New York Times: Hot is not so hot. As an adjective – hot topic, hot pants, hot to trot, hot fashion, hot news – the modifier appears to be losing some of its steam. Fierce is where it’s at (and forget about “where it’s at” – it isn’t anymore). According to the latest survey of students by English professor Connie Eble at UNC, fierce no longer means “ferocious” but has gained the slang sense of “well dressed and made-up; extremely attractive, formerly called ‘hot.'” You can feel the metaphors of heat slipping over the hill toward the Graveyard of Dated Slang, where rests “co-ed,” “crazy, man!,” “nerd,” and “you’re history.”


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