hot in my book

  • Sr. Moose

    Banned
    Frostbite Falls, Alces and English
    Hi. It is an expression that means, 'In my opinion, he/she is very attractive.'
     

    Sr. Moose

    Banned
    Frostbite Falls, Alces and English
    Hi. I can't find an etymology specific to the expression 'in my book,' but many of the sayings that concern books are associated with ledgers. It's as if we were saying, 'according to my (personified) records.' :)
     

    stranger in your midst

    Senior Member
    English / Scotland
    It's actually not one expression but two, joined together by happenstance.

    The expressions are:

    'hot' as in attractive or highly valued.

    and

    'in my book' meaning 'in my opinion'.

    Each phrase can be used entirely independently of the other, e.g.:

    'The gangland boss hired a hot lawyer to defend him' (doesn't necessarily have any sexual connotation)

    and

    'In my book, classical music will always be better than pop'.

    However, I don't hear 'in my book' much nowadays.
     
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