Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Love? part 1

Out of curiosity, I checked the definition of the word "love" today. I was just wondering if anything I've experienced in life qualifies, especially with fellow human beings. I was surprised that, noun-wise, fourteen definitions are given; I was actually expecting more. Just for fun, I'm going to delve into each definition and see what comes up.

The first few are easy:

1) [Chiefly Tennis] a score of zero; nothing. The few times I've played tennis (not table tennis), that's been my score. So yes, I've experienced this kind of love.
2) a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter L. I probably used this when trying to spell things out in my Customer Support days at IBM. So yes for this also.
3) strong predilection, enthusiasm, or liking for anything. This would probably qualify for hobbies such as bird banding, photography and Sudoku. Another yes.
4) the object or thing so liked [relating to 3 above]. By extension, yes!
5) a term of endearment. While I think I've used this myself, I know I have received it. A definite yes.
6) when capitalized, the personification of affection, such as Eros or Cupid. I don't think I've used this in my own writing (some may disagree), but I've certainly read others' works. A qualified yes here.
7) a person toward whom love is felt; beloved person; sweetheart. I don't quite like the self referential definition, but another yes is in store.
8) sexual passion or desire. Um, yeah...
9) sexual intercourse or copulation. About as base a definition as possible, but oh well. The reader can guess...
10) an affair or intensely amorous incident; amour. I do like the last word in this definition. Again, to the reader...

At which point, because for me the depth of my sense of "love" is in definitions 11 through 14, I'm stopping. Longer answers to come...

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