Oo, now that's really nifty what you've done there! It's something I haven't thought about at all!
Thanks. I thought it was an elegant solution that offered an equivalent without simply relexing English.
I wonder where the numeric scale (not just re sexual hottitude) originated. I know there are a lot of ((pseudo)psych) quizzes and so forth that seek visual-numeric answers; also a lot of corporate feedback tools use the same technique. Might there be a relationship (one derived from the other directly or indirectly)?
I always thought the "On a scale of one to ten, how would you quantify your depression?" came first, and then the sexual "hottitude" scale derived from it.
Off the top of my head, I can say that Daine don't think that way, and would not use a simple 1-10 numeric scale. There are not enough deictic axes to really express anything useful. Now, I think they really would appreciate the colour-scheme method. (Well, girls would, because, that's how girls are. All colour oriented.) I could see girls using something like a layered and equidistant colour palate scheme to talk about boys' various attributes.
Oh, yes, those Daine girls are tetrochromats and can see very well in color. I learned about it at The Multiverse Inn
Boys, I'm very certain, measure and speak of physical (and other kinds) of attractiveness more in terms of turns of phrase: comparative metaphor, analogy, comparison with known cultural standards (such as well known female heroes or the like); comparison with phenomena in the world around them.
"She's like a thunderstorm!" "She's like Aphrodite!"