Now about my hottie car

Now about my hottie car

Did I ever tell you about my “hottie” car?

I didn’t?

A few years ago – well, more like 5 years, actually – hubby dearest bought me a car for my birthday & a jolly thrilling birthday it was, too.  For various totally unimportant reasons, we had to drive out to Panipat in Haryana to collect the car.

Now, there had been some secret discussion between my husband and son over the colour of the car, and the choice eventually boiled down to red or purple.

(Shades of “When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple with a red hat…”)

These 2 colours were, apparently, described in the car manufacturer’s specs as “haute red” and “haute purple.”

“Haute” – as it is invariably spelt here in India – is one of those imported phoren words that I love.

“Haut” is, of course, the masculine form of the French adjective meaning high.  Add -e to make it the feminine form.

For some reason best known to Indian copy writers and editors, “haute” has become –  well – a pukka Indian word, as chronicled here in some of my blog posts over the years:

March 2010 “haute wheels”

April 2010 “hauter”

August 2010 “haute handbook”

April 2011 “hautestepper”

So, yes, we have the feminine form of a French adjective now cheerfully used in Indian English to describe anything that is fashionable or glamorous.

Back to that showroom in Panipat.

The manager very sweetly gave me a birthday bouquet of flowers, and they had arranged a birthday cake for me, and the car had a big ribbon on it – and then the manager asked me whether I liked the colour choice that Himmat & Hari had finally made.

Did I like the “hottie” red?

YES!

And hottie red it has remained to this day 🙂

Which leads me seamlessly to my word of the day, as spied in the venerable “Economic Times” a couple of days ago:

hautest

Too fabulous!

My fave “haute” word?

Oh, definitely “hautesteppers” 🙂

If any of you have other haute words for me, please do share.

3 Comments

  1. Well, I don’t have a hottie or hauter or haughtiest word for you but being an architect, I have a share on the Red. While I can handle colour as good as any, I can never name them right (and I have that problem with vegetables, too, but that’s another tell in tale). Working with one of the largest IT companies for their interiors, I was in the centre of the standard clash over colours. Client wanted Red, inspired by the ‘Give Me Red’ ads popular that decade, and my boss was going ‘sober’ ‘elegant’ and ‘corporate’. (Let’s face it, men couldn’t handle colours back then.) The obstinacy over red was throwing the entire colour scheme out of scheme! Finally I discovered a colour which I can describe as red with a tinge of grey. But with my nomenclature disability stated herein, I named it, there and then “DIRTY RED.” My boss was shocked and it sounded like we were mocking the client. The client loved it, and Dirty Red it was!
    Later on I invented Dirty Blue and Dirty Green till my Lady Love educated me, “why can’t you just call it what it is: Ash Red?”

  2. Sanjeev Chhabra

    Well, I don’t have a hottie or hauter or haughtiest word for you but being an architect, I have a share on the Red. While I can handle colour as good as any, I can never name them right (and I have that problem with vegetables, too, but that’s another tell in tale). Working with one of the largest IT companies for their interiors, I was in the centre of the standard clash over colours. Client wanted Red, inspired by the ‘Give Me Red’ ads popular that decade, and my boss was going ‘sober’ ‘elegant’ and ‘corporate’. (Let’s face it, men couldn’t handle colours back then.) The obstinacy over red was throwing the entire colour scheme out of scheme! Finally I discovered a colour which I can describe as red with a tinge of grey. But with my nomenclature disability stated herein, I named it, there and then “DIRTY RED.” My boss was shocked and it sounded like we were mocking the client. The client loved it, and Dirty Red it was!
    Later on I invented Dirty Blue and Dirty Green till my Lady Love educated me, “why can’t you just call it what it is: Ash Red?”

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