fanatic/maniac/fan/enthusiast

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angliholic

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But as a coffee fanatic, I firmly believe that caffeine is good for everyone.


Hi,
Could I replace "fanatic" in the above with "maniac/fan/enthusiast" without making a change in meaning? Thanks.
 

buggles

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You could, but you would introduce subtle differences in meaning.
A coffee fanatic not only loves coffee, but seeks actively to convert others to his way of thinking.
A coffee maniac is just crazy about coffee.
A coffee fan likes coffee, but isn't necessarily crazy about it.
A coffee enthusiast likes coffee a lot and might try to influence other people's views.
 
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