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    Love

    A dictionary says that love is used as a friendly form of address:
    You look tired, love.
    That'll be four pounds exactly, love.
    Don't you think that love is a word that should be reserved for someone you really love and feel attracted to?
    Or is it just me and my Polish culture influence?

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    Re: Love

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    A dictionary says that love is used as a friendly form of address:
    You look tired, love.
    That'll be four pounds exactly, love.
    Don't you think that love is a word that should be reserved for someone you really love and feel attracted to?
    Or is it just me and my Polish culture influence?
    No, not necessarily. Most people who say this are oldish women who say it to youngish men, or vice versa. They're used to calling their children and grandchildren and sisters and brothers "love", and they see anyone in that wide age-group as being a "love" too. People who use it tend to be outgoing members of the lower/working classes, such as shopkeepers.
    It happens in Australia too, but not as much as it used to, say 30 years ago. Maybe they are just simple people who, unless persuaded otherwise, do love people. But I think it's more of a habit, and a custom. You could be called worse things!

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    Re: Love

    I was in Portsmouth in England last year and I was called love quite a few times by female shop assistants of all ages.

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    Re: Love

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, not necessarily. Most people who say this are oldish women who say it to youngish men, or vice versa. They're used to calling their children and grandchildren and sisters and brothers "love", and they see anyone in that wide age-group as being a "love" too. People who use it tend to be outgoing members of the lower/working classes, such as shopkeepers.
    It happens in Australia too, but not as much as it used to, say 30 years ago. Maybe they are just simple people who, unless persuaded otherwise, do love people. But I think it's more of a habit, and a custom. You could be called worse things!
    Does "Dear" mean the same in the context I provided?

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    Re: Love

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I was in Portsmouth in England last year and I was called love quite a few times by female shop assistants of all ages.
    How did you feel being called "love"?
    I personally feel strange...

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    Re: Love

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You could be called worse things!
    Very true!
    Love-honey? Or
    Love=darling?
    Can you say that?

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    Re: Love

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    How did you feel being called "love"?
    I personally feel strange...
    If you are English or live in England it is not something unusual and I suppose you become accustomed.

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    Re: Love

    I agree with you, Banderas! I do not like strangers calling me 'love', 'honey', 'dear', or 'sweetie'. "Thank you, sir!" sounds good to me!

    Cheers,
    Amigo

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    Re: Love

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    I agree with you, Banderas! I do not like strangers calling me 'love', 'honey', 'dear', or 'sweetie'. "Thank you, sir!" sounds good to me!

    Cheers,
    Amigo
    I knew I could rely on you, Amigo"

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    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    I knew I could rely on you, Amigo"
    Of course you can, sweetie-pie! Always!

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