Paris Hilton Admits That She Didn’t Come Up with Her ‘That’s Hot’ Catchphrase

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Paris Hilton is sharing the origin story of her iconic catchphrase, “That’s hot.” And to our surprise, she didn’t come up with it herself.

This week, the 42-year-old TV personality released her all-new memoir, titled Paris: The Memoir. In the book, Hilton admitted that she stole her now-famous catchphrase from her sister, Nicky.

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“At some point, I heard Nicky say, ‘That’s hot,’ and it resonated with me,” she said (according to People). “I wrote it in my diary and doodled flowers and fireworks around it. It’s such a great statement, isn’t it? Positive. Unpretentious. The word hot is evocative; there’s energy in it.”

Hilton explained that the catchphrase was “a little positive affirmation.” The new mom continued, “Suddenly there seemed to be a lot of things in my world that deserved this little accolade, and I recorded them faithfully in my diary. Mom got me markers with glitter in them. That’s hot. We learned how to diagram sentences. That’s hot. Nicole [Richie] is sleeping over the whole weekend. That’s hot.”

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It didn’t take long for people to follow her lead. “Pretty soon all the kids in my class were saying, ‘That’s hot,’” Hilton added. “Like, I made ‘fetch’ happen!”

And by season 2 of The Simple Life, the catchphrase was so popular that Hilton decided to trademark it. “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it,” she said. “I only knew I didn’t want anyone else to get there first.”

We’d love to hear what Nicky has to say about this.

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