If you've ever been on the internet and also have a pulse, you may have come across the word thot, which is shorthand for "That Ho Over There." It's believed the word was first popularized in 2012 in Chief Keef's song "Aimed at You" which features the poetic lyric: "But them bullets hit you hot, show no love for a thot." Since then, it's quickly become a popular slang term, showing up in more songs and Instagram comments galore. In a 2014 Complex interview, Duan Gaines, who has produced videos for Chief Keef, recounts hearing the word in 2012 and thinking it was catchy. Honestly, it is catchy. And the fact that it sounds exactly like "thought" makes it ripe for puns – thot leader, anyone? But it's also misogynistic. No woman should be shamed for being "thotty," AKA liking sex and being vocal about it. Some have also pointed out the term denigrates women based on race and class.
It's 2018 and it'd be nice if the world could grow up and leave misogynistic acronyms in the 2012 time capsule they belong in. Therefore, I, a humble servant of English slang with access to ye olde scribes of online Scrabble dictionaries, submit these acronyms to take its place instead. Honestly, don't be surprised when you start using all of these several times a day – they're that universal.
1. That Helpful Octogenarian There
ex. "I almost couldn't find the Brussels sprouts, if not for the THOT in produce!"
2. The Handy Ordning There
ex. "I start my mornings with a cup of coffee and a heaping pile of self doubt while staring emptily at my countertop THOT borne of mass-produced catalog nightmares."
3. The Handwritten Oceanographer's Treasure
ex. "I'm trying to get Pixar to buy my Nemo prequel, "Finding THOT," starring Nemo's great-great-grandfather who gets lost on a deep sea treasure hunt."
4. Taylor's Homemade Oracle Tee
ex. "My high school bully shared a think piece on THOTs and Taylor's #squadgoals on Facebook today."
5. The Handsome Orange There
6. Tampa's Hallowed Outback Table
ex. "There are four Outback Steakhouses in Tampa, but only the one on Henderson Blvd is home to the best booth of all, the THOT."
7. Testing Her Offline Texts
ex. "She thought she blocked her ex, but thanks to THOT, she realized she had to block him separately on her desktop iMessage, too."
8. Try-Hard Optimistic Timing
ex. "According to my watch, if I plan to leave around 6:45 THOT, I'll get to the party at the same time as the host."
9. Taxicab Heaping Olive Treats
ex. "THOT, the Cash Cab-like show where you win olives instead of money, coming this fall to CBS!"
10. Tasting Handmade Oxygen Tablets
ex. "Otherwise known as breathing, I need to be able to THOT or I'll die."
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