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Are You Called Cute, Pretty, Beautiful or Hot?

At some point in our lives, even the plainest Jane among us has been called one (or more) of the above adjectives, usually by the men in our lives or by random dudes who just feel like sharing their opinions.

It can be confusing to figure out if there's a hierarchy (is it better to be beautiful or hot?), or if some terms overlap (does "cute" mean someone pretty whose personality is fetching, too?). You won't really get any coherent answers to that question, because, as we know, not all words mean the same things to different people, and, for example, not all men think "pretty" is better than "hot" or that "hot" is better than "cute."

But this isn't about deciphering the code of compliments, it's about spilling the beans about which one you get the most. I wouldn't lose sleep over it, but after you answer, tell me how you feel about the compliment you get. Do you wish it were something else or do you wish men would stop labeling you?

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Hollywoodjess Hollywoodjess 7 years
i get hot...kind of annoying because to me, someone who is hot is just a figment. An object that guys think only sexual things about and want to just hook up with. Id rather be called beautiful...i guess i shouldnt complain...maybe one day someone will?
lauraxtc lauraxtc 7 years
they have called me all four. But I think im just cute. lol.
zeze zeze 7 years
I've (almost) never gotten cute, it's so weird that it is such a clear winner here. I mostly get hot, since according to my closest friends I just have a "slutty aura"...LOL...mostly because I'm pretty much a prude.
RustyAngel73 RustyAngel73 8 years
i've had all at some stage. most frequently cute, followed by pretty. occasionally beautiful, and on the rare occasion, hot
confidante confidante 8 years
I've been called all of those, but I receive "cute" the most
barneyk barneyk 8 years
I've been called all four in various stages of life as you all but recently in my 30's I;m getting Hot & I'm loving it! but beautiful from my husband will do anyday :-)
dikke-kus dikke-kus 8 years
I've mostly been called beautiful. Pretty a few times. Never cute. Never hot. I think only the really younger generation of today uses that term. I'm 5'6" and very slim. With heels I can pass for about 5"8". I have been asked if I model but those days have passed in time. I think I got the beautiful compliment because I am mostly quiet and reserved. As for the comment above I think you are wrong. There's a huge number of extremely attractive people who who don't care for modeling or turn to acting. There's plenty out there.
alexask alexask 8 years
i get called beautiful the most. but i think i'm one of those awkward beauties, the type people either think are totally beautiful or wtf she looks funny.
inlove23 inlove23 8 years
I've been called all four. =) My boyfriend calls me all of the four depending on what I'm wearing and the mood.
dreamie-me dreamie-me 8 years
I've been called all except hot.
Beastiegirl5 Beastiegirl5 8 years
I get "striking" more than anything else. One guy friend calls me "gorgeous" but more as a nickname. I've gotten a pretty and an occasional hot, but not very often. Usually just "you look really nice." Striking makes me think of Jackie O- while I'd like to hear beautiful (which makes me think of fairytales and princesses) I'll take anything complimentary!
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 8 years
Where's the "All the Above" choice? :speedy:
Gawjuslayd Gawjuslayd 8 years
I am usually called cute in person. Other than that, when a guy sees my picture posted online at a dating site or such, he will say, "Damn, you are so hott". Horny? Sure. But I won't refuse a compliment
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I've heard them all.
bahkhlr bahkhlr 8 years
I get cute I think mostly because Iam 27 and look like Iam still a kid...oh well everyone says Ill love it when Iam older...we'll see:)
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 8 years
Hmmm, it depends on the context. Friends call me/refer to me as all of the above. My family calls me beautiful, and guys call me hot/sexy/beautiful.
dorkydebutante dorkydebutante 8 years
I usually get called "cute" by people in their twenties and younger, both in the good way (pretty, chic and a little quirky, usually by girls) and the condescending way (short, youngish, a little too innocent). Moms and dads call me "pretty." I only get called beautiful in foreign languages ("malagu" or "maganda" in Filipino, and only for lack of translation). "Cute" fits my personality and appearance best, so I both like it and hate it. But sometimes I want to break out and be the hot (like, Angelina Jolie-level hot) girl for once, but my youngish face gets in the way. And when I try to be conventionally "hot", I feel vulgar. Since I'm sort of stocky with a large chest, I only get called hot (by both genders) when I'm in a corset LOL
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