I dislike, detest, loathe and abhor cleaning the oven. You could even say I hate it. But I love a clean oven. So why are there no appropriate synonyms for that?
The quick and easy synonym finder supplied by my word processor can suggest only “worship” and “adore.” Come on, people! What’s wrong with the English language?
We have “like” to fall back on but if that wasn’t bland and ubiquitous enough, Facebook has ruined it forever. It doesn’t have enough punch anyway. I sometimes revert to “overly fond of” but that’s not going to work for a freshly-cleaned porcelain-coated steel box.
We need to coin a new word to convey something stronger than mere “like” but not so special as “love,” a word we ought to reserve for feelings directed toward and inspired by people. Or God. Or at least animate objects, like the parakeet who sings with joy when we come home.
I love chocolate. She loves my new hairdo. Everybody loves Raymond. He loves football. They love their new school uniforms.
“I love you, honey.”
“You do? More than chocolate?”
I’ve been trying to solve this on my own. I’ve come up with “blove” and “slike” so far, from brainstorming. Either one would work really well in literature, I think. In conversation, though, they are easily lost–mistaken for slurred speech.
Any creative writers out there who agree we need to coin a new word? Or, has this problem been solved by some wonderful wordsmith but the word hasn’t gotten out yet? Are there any words left?
Perhaps we could recycle something from the previous century that has fallen into obscurity, much like “gay” and “twitter.”
I’d blove to hear your thoughts on this matter! I’m sure you’ll come up with ideas readers will slike.