I am sure you’ve seen these stickers slapped on the bumpers of cars: “Honk if you love _____” (insert name of favorite sports team, city, animal, cheese, deity, what-have-you.)
It perplexes me that some people throw the word “love” around so casually and in doing so actually diminish that which they claim to love (if they truly do love it).
As writers — or all thinking people in general– maybe we should try to be a little more precise with the word “love” and select another word when we want to convey to the world that we intensely like something. “Honk if you obsess over Star Wars.” Yeah, I know, it lacks pithy punch. Still, I don’t like seeing the word “love” so mishandled.
Let’s say you really do love something and want to the world to know it. Do you really want that “I love my boyfriend” sticker splattered with mud and heaven’s know what? Or even more so having the guy to whom you flipped the bird when you cut him off seeing your “I love Jesus” sticker as you peel on down the road?
Anyway, I’m ranting now and probably spending way too much time on this personal peeve on mine.
Honk if you want me to be quiet.