The most often-used word

November 19, 2019

On a quiz program one day, the question asked, 'Which is the most often-used word in the United States?' The answer was 'love.' It is generally assumed today, thanks to modern ethics, that anything is all right provided that you love. Is it really that simple? There are different forms of love. Unfortunately, we have only one word in English for love. So we have to use it for such disparate expressions as: I love Maryland crabcakes; I love the New York Mets; I love God. That gives you some idea of how confusing the word love is in English.