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I'm not sure if this is the right place for this, but this annoys me a bit every time I see it. 'Hotness' is just bad English, surely it should be 'heat'? I'm British, so perhaps you do things differently over the water.

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Where did you read 'Hotness'? Maybe you want this site: english.stackexchange.com BTW, I am the hotness! (doesn't work with heat) –  Marcelo Dec 5 '11 at 17:57
Two upvotes? Really? Hidden Unicorns? –  TLP Dec 5 '11 at 17:59
That term actually does pop up now and then: google.co.uk/search?q=hotness+site%3Astackoverflow.com –  Shawn Chin Dec 5 '11 at 18:50
I call my wife "Your Hotness" (as opposed to "Highness"), so it's definitely a word! –  Andrew's a Unitato Dec 5 '11 at 20:12
I suggest you go watch Men In Black II. –  Joel Coehoorn Dec 5 '11 at 21:03
Just a warning about @Joel's suggestion to watch Men In Black II -- it isn't nearly as good as Men In Black -- but hopefully, with your now-reduced expectations, you can enjoy a silly movie. -- Old-and-busted –  sarnold Dec 6 '11 at 7:17
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Hotness is a word in the English language, which is the noun representing how "hot" something is. It's very commonly used to refer to the instances of "hot" that are not related to temperature (which heat generally implies).

In our case, we're using "hot" as in "hot topic", a subject or topic that is on the eyes and minds of a large number of people. Something a lot of people are looking at. While its word origins probably come from the temperature (as have many of the forms of hot), it's still not quite as direct, so "hotness" comes out more direct than "heat" in the UI.

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