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    puberty love

    What phrase to describe a juvenile's love for his/her sweetheart?

    1. Is "puberty love" aacceptable? or

    2. The boy has a crush on his teacher, Miss Dong.

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    Re: puberty love

    No, it's "puppy" love in the US for two young people. Your use of "crush" for an unrequited feeling for someone out of reach, like a teacher, is a good choice.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: puberty love

    Not a teacher
    As far as I know, "puberty love" is not idiomatic. I'm sure you could use "puppy love" or "teenage love". The phrase "to have a crush on somebody" doesn't necessarily mean that either of the people involved is young or teenage.

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    Re: puberty love

    "Puberty love" is not used. It actually sounds like someone who "loves puberty"! I don't think that's true of anyone.

    "Puppy love" is used in BrE too, for the kind of immature feelings which young people feel for each other and sometimes for inappropriate people (like teachers). They frequently mistake those feelings for love.

    I agree with CarloSsS that you can have a crush on anyone at any age. It is more often used when referring to the younger generation but anyone can have a crush on someone.

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    #5

    Re: puberty love

    Hi, everyone!
    I'm sorry to butt in...
    While I was reading these posts, I remembered a song called "Don't stand so close to me."(by The Police)
    Don't Stand So Close to Me - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Please forgive me if it's irrelevant.

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    Re: puberty love

    It might help if you could tell us why you think it is relevant.

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    #7

    Re: puberty love

    The song is about a young schoolgirl who has a crush on her teacher, so it's what you could call "puppy love". I guess that's why tzfujimino thinks it's relevant.

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    #8

    Re: puberty love

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It might help if you could tell us why you think it is relevant.
    If I understand the song(lyrics) correctly...it is about a schoolgirl having a crush on a young teacher.
    Therefore I feel it is relevant to the second example sentence Ashiuhto gave.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 18-May-2012 at 17:13. Reason: comma deleted

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    #9

    Re: puberty love

    Well, that just goes to show how much I listen to song lyrics. That song is from the 80s, the period when I listened to a lot of music. I own the album that has that track on and I have listened to it many, many times. Somehow, I had never actually taken any notice of the content or the story! I just sang along with it, seemingly unconsciously.

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    #10

    Re: puberty love

    Actually, I think the teacher -- completely improperly -- returns some of those feelings so it's not quite an innocent puppy love situation, but a bit creepier than that. (I'm sure as a high-schooler when the song came out, I thought the idea of a teacher returning a student's affection was super cool. Now I"m the mother of a high-school girl and I'm horrified!)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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