Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. -Sun Tzu
Question #920 posted on 10/13/2003 4:02 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,
Why don't we give someone the "hot shoulder"?
- Ce n'est pas importante.

A: Dear it is not significant,

It's not very nice to give anyone a "cold shoulder," really, but it makes more sense than a hot one if you understand where the expression comes from. I quote the Brewer Dictionary of Phrase and Fable:

"COLD SHOULDER: To show or give one the cold shoulder is to assume a distant manner towards a person, to indicate that you wish to cut his acquaintance. The reference is to a cold shoulder of mutton served to a stranger at dinner; there is not much of it, and even what is left is but moderate fare."

Hardly complimentary, your highness.
-The man in black

A: Dear Frenchie,

You've never heard of the hot shoulder? Surely you've seen it around campus! It's when the girls wear shirts that barely cover their shoulders, in an attempt to get guys to pay attention to them...

- Beemer Boy, who thinks BYU does have some modesty issues.