Tainted “Love”: Correspondence from the Heart

One of the top lookups during the second week of February is always the word “love.” People go to the dictionary looking for poetry and romance and a possibly sexy deep insight they can put on a $2.00 greeting card. Alas: they find a very boring and completely unsexy definition instead. In a spirit of generosity, some of them write in to tell us what we’re missing; below you’ll find a few unedited selections from the Merriam-Webster correspondence files on what “love” really means. (For a deeper discussion on the inadequacies of our definitions, I’d encourage you to read the Seen & Heard comments at the bottom of the Online Dictionary’s entry for “love.”)

                         

Love is intelligent, there is more to Love then a Hug and a kiss, love has many acts in life and has many roles. Love is characterful.

                         

you are wrong love is great untill it gets you scared, because you don’t know what to do

                         

The meaning of love in your dictionary is wrong. The meaning of love is the Jonas Brothers.

                         

I disagree with your philosophy and logic. It is Flawed. Love is NOT an Emotion but an action of giving of self for another’s benefit. There are only Two emotions that are within the human existence. I feel Good, I feel Bad. Everything else is an action that is derived from these two feelings.

                         

Love is the Word. The word is not out, the Word is in. Jesus Christ is the Word. The Word is in God’s love. And so am I by the grace of God. I am what I am by the grace of God. You need to put a definition of rimjob on your site.

                         

My wife once told me in the ’90s what love is among human beings. ” The unconditional giving of oneself to another, putting their happiness and fulfillment ahead of oneself” –[name redacted]  I thought, this applied to parents and infants, a soldier in a combat zone, among adults.  I believe this is the simple unified definition of love for all people.

                         

What is love? Devotion? Pleasure? An experience? Passion for an individual?

Some say it just is, as you see Evident! A conclusion! Just like a butterfly! Beautiful, Fragile, Innocent, yet breakable! It’s all upside down! A new beginning to an old end! A sad story for the times to come! Few scenes from my life where moments meant more than mere words! Controlling with moods, just an undeniable feeling you get when you are around someone you take interest in! Just like a burning cigarette with a few moments of misery to go! Affection and tenderness felt by lovers! Intoxicating, Nothing more than a physical and mental attraction based on a strong sense of a sexual desire! Others say it’s just a flaw in our human structure, a mere chemical chain reaction and nothing more! Love comes and love goes, and sometimes can end so abruptly just as the best part starts! A broken heart! That one way dead end road you knew you’d never leave! A passion for every passing second! A gentle kiss! in the calm of a moonlight sky! You see love is many things, but there is only one sure way to describe it! Mysterious! It just is as im sure you’ve seen, emotions, Just as you see anger is loves despair! I’m torn between silence and violent passion! It is nothing more than a fantasy! One wooden stake through the heart! A poinsettia in poison rain! A beautiful world in a nuclear field! Some sort of peace of mind! A beautiful somewhere! A day ill never see! That one thing we all hope to find, And to continue in search of our dreams for a sense of understanding, a sense that we can share! A past reflection! A goodnight kiss! A memory I can’t replace! A common sense betrayed by your eyes! So as it was written in the sands of time, tomorrow who knows where love will be forever more! It was a Warm October night!

P.S.  Will I get paid for this?

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11 responses to “Tainted “Love”: Correspondence from the Heart

  1. Beyond hilarious – thank you!

  2. i think love is an emotion that we act upon.
    and it’s easily corrupted.

  3. davidly

    Sometimes we feel we’ve got to… comment away:
    I find Webster’s def mos-def adequate. I reckon it could be appended, in relation to the word’s tendency towards ineffability. Perhaps ironic, perhaps not, many of those offering corrections to the M-W standard version merely confirm this fact.

    There is a scene in the filmed version of that “billions & billions” guy’s novel Contact in which–in an attempt to make a point about his belief in Gracie Allen’s husband’s character from that movie with the guy who sang those songs about West Virginia and Colorado–Matthew McGarnicle’s character asks that girl from Foxes‘ character if she loved her father. She replied in the affirmative, to which he appealed, “Prove it,” at which point the science lady could only muster a look of profound confusion.

    So, in a sense, I doubt you could get people to agree upon a definition of LOVE any more than you could make everyone believe or not believe in the one holy supreme personification of it… or something.

    HAPPY VALEMTIMES, Mrs. Stamper!

  4. …And I’m spent. Raw, crazy, impulsive, wonderful — that’s love and that’s this post. Thanks for this.

  5. Funny, yes, but one submitter is correct: You need a definition for rim job. (And I don’t think the people of Ormoc Bay appreciate that you suggest the entry for their little paradise when you search for “rim job.”)

  6. Is that the definition of a love for exclamation marks?!

  7. MINItron

    All I could think of while I was reading this was the lyrics to “The Rose”. Some say love it is a river that drowns the tender reed…..

  8. Your email inbox is FAR more interesting than mine!

  9. romantic love is the answer to the silent questions of a single man returning to his empty room.

  10. I recently wrote a post about love in which I used the Merriam-Webster definiton. Thus, this was quite an enjoyable read. Thanks!

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