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Hoses of the Holy in the Parallel Universe

December 15, 2005

Love

I was talking to Neil at lunch time about this word.

I often use the phrase, "what about an oven glove then, love?" to express abject hopelessness.

I used to have a friend who, at a low point of his life, became a door-to-door salesman, and he told me that even though he knew that the door was already metaphorically shut in his face, in the death throws of his pitch he would desperately suggest "what about an oven glove then, love?"

It's that use of the word "love" to refer to someone, especially a stranger. Has it ever struck you as odd?

Well, it comes from the days when we had a smattering of Old French in our vocab.; medieval times. It's cognate with "lief" and "liege" and all those feudal words. It means "someone that I respect" much as we might say "sir" or "madam" today.

And, etymological fallacies aside, it means it would be perfectly proper to ask the Queen, "care for a Woodbine, love?"

3 Comments:

  • It's funny though, isn't it, because if you said, "Is that all right then, Love (and I mean that in the mediaeval sense)?" she'd still slap you in the face.

    By Blogger bot37363838, at 9:10 am  

  • ...and you'll be telling us next that the Snottingham use of "Duck," in place of "Love," derives from, er, Duke, meaning someone who is of a higher station in life.

    By Blogger bot37363838, at 9:11 am  

  • The worst Nottingham pronoun I've heard is "shag".

    "Are you alright, shag?"

    What the hell is that all about?

    By Blogger SimonHolyHoses, at 9:15 am  

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