Do you “like” it, or do you “love” it?
Lately, I’ve been noticing just how much I use the word “love” for practically everything I “really like.” Maybe it’s because I read a comment somewhere by someone who voiced their opinion and said she thought people were overusing the word love — and using it inappropriately. I mean, I had already begun to realize I use the word more than I use to, but her comment caused me to pay attention to every time I prepared to use it. And, it was quite a bit.
Remember when you were a kid, about 7 or 8, and you said you “loved” something and some smart-aleck kid (maybe even your supposed best friend) would say, “If you love it so much, why don’t you marry it! …eehhh?”
You just wanted to punch them for embarrassing you in front of all the other kids, because no one wanted to think about marrying anybody (ick!) or anything at that young age. You were only supposed to love your boyfriend or girlfriend, who then later (according to the morals of society back then) would become your “forever” wife or husband.
So, how in the world can you say you “love” chocolate ice cream? You can’t marry it. Jeeez! Or you “loved” that movie or that song. Or you love Johnny Depp (okay, maybe you can say that one) or John Travolta (but I really do!) or any other actor on the screen.
Websters gives these definitions of the word “love:”