Monday, 16 August 2010

Love


In 1984 Western civilisation reached its apogee with the release of I Want To Know What Love Is by Foreigner. Glancing through the OED I found the answer:


love, noun, Any one of a set of transverse beams supporting the spits in a smokehouse for curing herring.


There are two nouns called love. There are also two verbs. To love can simply be a dialect synonym for to offer something for sale.


I fear that all the love I've ever received may have been based on a misunderstanding.


Well, look in the bloody dictionary, then.

4 comments:

  1. So THAT'S why my last birthday present from the husband was a a set of transverse beams supporting the spits in a smokehouse for curing herring.

    Dur!

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  2. She offers you something for sale... yeah! yeah! yeah!

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  3. The Antipodean17 August 2010 04:06

    So when love has departed the herring fall down?

    I have a not-very-interesting mondegreen with this song - I hear it as 'I want to know where love is.' In the herring shed, apparently.

    I tried watching this video without sound in order to avoid an earworm. It didn't work, but I can tell you it doesn't do too well on the Pulp Fiction scale. According to the video, the song is about a guy and a girl, venetian blinds, and a choir.

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