Love Means Different Things in Different Languages

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A recent study (Science mag news report) has shown that words for love are associated with different emotions in different languages and therefore vary in meaning somewhat. Comparing networks of related terms in different languages has revealed these differences.
Love related groups of words are yellow in the figure.

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... and "love" means zero in tennis. :oldbiggrin:

The tennis term is derived from French: l'oeuf, or the egg, which is sort of shaped like the numeral zero.
 
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The Indo-European has love meaning Wart?:) - I would love to know who gave that response in the survey.
II want, I mean would love to have the T-shirt. That would be lovely .
 
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I think the "wart" is actually "want".
The right side descender is obscured by its circle.
 
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I think the "wart" is actually "want".
The right side descender is obscured by its circle.
Well, it was supposed to be tongue-n-cheek comment.
But.
Doesn't love also represent envy for Indo-European.
Envy seems to positioned far north of love.
EX
" I love that dress."
"I love that car he's driving."
 
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This last paragraph of the cited publication
At the very least, Jackson hopes his study offers some insight for language learners. “Just learning the words isn’t learning the language,” he says. You also need to learn the context."
sums interesting and elusive facets of learning a language: understanding the culture and customs.

Studying and learning language remains incomplete without cultural moorings to understand the society.
 

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