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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Eight Kinds of HOT


GET READY:

The word "hot" has many meanings. How many different uses of the word can you think of?

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Here are some of the meanings of "hot":

a. angry. Sometimes we call a person who gets angry easily "hot-tempered"; but EVERYONE gets hot sometime!
b. attractive or sexy. Men might talk about "hot chicks" (women) and women about "hot guys." Either one might refer to a hot person as "a hottie."
c. great or very good. A great athlete or musician might be called a "hot player."
d. having electrical power or, in some cases, wireless internet access. A café with such access can be called a "hot spot."
e. high in temperature. Usually, summer is hotter than winter.
f. popular. This can apply to fashions, places to go, performers, or almost any "trend" that is going strong. "We went to that hot restaurant last night; it was really crowded."
g. spicy. Foods that burn the tongue are called "hot foods." This can be confusing, because food can be TWO kinds of hot: spicy and high in temperature!
h. stolen. Originally, it meant that something was hard to sell (because the thief couldn't prove it was his); it was "too hot to handle." Now often used to describe cars, jewels, and other expensive stolen goods.

PRACTICE:

Which of the above meanings is used in each sentence below?

1. Which is hotter, Sichuan food or Thai food?
2. I'm afraid to ask my boss for a day off; he gets hot so easily.
3. That hot new movie is at the local cinema; do you want to go see it?
4. My friend wins every skateboard competition he enters; he's really hot!
5. Stay inside today; it's hot outside.
6. There's a new guy working in my department, and he's really hot!
7. Don't touch that wire; it's hot.
8. Some guy wanted to sell me a computer on the street, but I didn't buy it; it was probably hot.

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION OR WRITING:

Make other sentences using "hot" with these different meanings.

ANSWERS TO THE PRACTICE:

1g 2a 3f 4c 5e 6b  7d 8h

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