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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Unplug Your Kids -- Hot

We joined the unplugyourkids project again this week. And, here is what we came up with:

For this week’s theme, we made a list of sayings using the word hot and then figured out their origins:

1. Piping Hot (very hot, usually referring to food because in Scotland ceremonial dishes are brought to the table to the accompaniment of bagpipes – they are piped in )

2. Hot off the press (freshly printed – hotness is an allusion to the hot metal press used to print newspapers)

3. Hot on the heels (hunter’s terminology for getting close to the hunted – on the heels because they are close and hot because the creature being hunted is warm-blooded)

4. Hot pursuit (same)

5. Hot bunking (comes from the notion that there aren’t enough bunks on a ship so when one sailor gets up another lies down before the warmth dissipates)

6. Hot crossed buns (on Easter an ox was sacrificed and the image of his horns was carved on bread)

7. Hot button (hot button came from marketing )

8. Hot little hands (comes from Elizabeth Gaskell’s 1863 popular novel)

9. Sell like hot cakes (hot cakes were popular in early Ameican /made from cornmeal they were best when served hot and sold quickly then)

Most of the origin information we found came from

If you can think of hot phrases and know their origins, leave a comment!


  1. Hot under the collar
    "hot" babe in current vernacular

  2. Oh, I love this!

    You won a Free Time kit... just email me your address and I'll get it out to you. :)

  3. I love to learn word origins, so thanks for the informative post!

    Thanks for joining in the project. I guess I missed your last one because I have had a hectic summer, but I am back on track now and able to do more visiting. Welcome!

  4. We've had fun with it the past two weeks. Seems like most families are younger but so far we've been able to come up with fun educational and tv free activities that are age appropriate.


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