“Love you!”

“Love you,” on first glance, is the nickname for “I love you.” However, in my 24 years of living life on this earth I’ve come to realize that “I love you” and “love you” mean two completely different things.

For example, I have a few friends who are guys. These boys mean the world to me. They have seen me through some really tough times. With them, it is always “love you” UNLESS the context is “______, I love you.” (the name goes in the ________). With my girls it’s “I love you.” and frequently. Most of my messages to close friends are ended with “I LOVE YOU!”

So why is it that “love you” carries a completely different meaning than “I love you”? Isn’t it only dropping one word? By not saying “I” before “love you” does it make it platonic? Or does it make it less rooted, less deep?

I have been thinking of that all day long, and WordPress wouldn’t let me update my blog. Then I got an e-mail from the WordPress team saying it was fixed (THANK YOU) and so I knew I had to put this down.

Thoughts, anyone?


3 thoughts on ““Love you!”

  1. I completely agree! I think adding the “I” makes it a totally different thing.

    I have a question for you. If you already say “love you” to someone, a friend, and then you start dating, should you drop the l-word all together until you fall in love with them? Because I still want him to know that I care for him the same way before. You know? That’s my question.

  2. It seems to me that dropping the “I” also drops the sense of intimacy of the phrase. So, when you say, “I love you” to your gal pals, it is because it implies a more personal and close connection betwixt you. When you are talking with your guy pals, with out realizing it, you want to avoid creating an artificial sense of intimacy or being too close or personal with them and thus rub them the wrong way.

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