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Spicy Hot versus Temperature Hot


When someone tells you that the food is "hot", do you assume temperature hot or spicy hot?

If you are like me (that is paranoid about food), then you also want to know if the food will burn you or if you are going to need a cold drink to quench the fire in your mouth.


Therefore, I immediately ask which type of hot. As a matter of fact, Iíve been asking this question a lot recently, so Iíve been thinking of a way to solve this minor annoyance.

Since the word "hot" refers more typically to temperature hot, we should stop using hot to refer to spicy foods. Instead, we should only use the phrase "spicy hot".

Please give it a try, and see how much less confusion there is for everyone.

by Phil for Humanity
on 11/14/2007

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