Can you say "hot item"?
Thread poster: Rifraf

Rifraf
Local time: 22:36
Aug 24, 2010

Dear fellow translators,

At our office we are having a discussion about the term "hot item".

If you look in the Collins, something can be either a "hot issue" or "hot topic", but I cannot find evidence that you can also refer to it as a "hot item" (which is mainly used on Dutch sites).

Does anyone have a clue? Thanks for your help in advance!


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xxxDesdemone
Local time: 17:36
French to English
I wouldn't Aug 24, 2010

From a North American perspective, "hot item" would denote something that is selling quickly (flying off the shelves), but not a timely topic or issue. I'd stick with hot topic.

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sokolniki  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 15:36
English to Russian
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I am with Paula, well, in a way Aug 24, 2010

In North America hot item can also be an extremely popular topic for discussion/media coverage. About a celebrity couple which recently starting dating: They are an item.

[Edited at 2010-08-24 14:37 GMT]


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Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)  Identity Verified
Thailand
Local time: 03:36
Member (2004)
English to Thai
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Also in local English newspapers of my area Aug 24, 2010

sokolniki wrote:
In North America hot item can also be an extremely popular topic for discussion/media coverage. About a celebrity couple which recently starting dating: They are an item.

Local English newspapers and TV or other media in Bangkok can be influenced by North American idiom. Hot items are sensational issues: they may be nonsense among majority of audience.

Soonthon Lupkitaro


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Drew MacFadyen
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"Hot" in American slang = stolen Aug 24, 2010

In American slang, the term "hot item" frequently connotes an item that has been stolen.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=hot&defid=234982

Drew


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 13:36
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Exactly. Aug 24, 2010

Drew MacFadyen wrote:

In American slang, the term "hot item" frequently connotes an item that has been stolen.


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Yasutomo Kanazawa  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:36
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With Drew and Nicole Aug 25, 2010

When I first saw the title 'Can you say "hot item"?', the first definition which popped up in my mind was stolen item. 2 cents from a movie buff.

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Rifraf
Local time: 22:36
TOPIC STARTER
thanks Aug 25, 2010

Thanks very much for your answers! I will definately not use "hot item" now:)

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