Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Heads or Tails #25 (Love)

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Barb, the creative genius who invented Heads or Tails, the sure-fire aphrodisiac that is banned in seventeen Asian countries, asks us to ruminate on the word "love."

A Curmudgeon discourses on love? What next -- Amy Winehouse explains sobriety and self-restraint? Britney Spears on proper deportment? Michael Jackson or Joan Rivers on just being your natural self?

Actually, Curmudgeons -- this Curmudgeon, at least -- feels sorry for the word "love." Seldom has a word been so stretched or pulled or distorted beyond its original meaning... from the best and most comforting of human emotions into Oooooh! I just love chicken sandwiches!

Well, there's also "star" -- as in Cary Grant was a "star" -- distorted now into Paris Hilton is a star!

And there's also "principles" or "ethics" -- whenever these terms are used by a politician.

Come to think of it, there's "is." (That depends on what you're meaning of "is" is. Does it? Does it really?)

It's a wonder we can communicate at all....


Natalie said...

A little cynical, but sadly too often true. I can assure you though, that the love I feel for my husband and daughters is the true and real love.

Barb said...

Hubby was laughing when I read the part about "aphrodisiac".. Hmm.. should I be offended?

I love chicken. It tastes like.. chicken :P

Andree said...

Truly a curmudgeonly post! Of course you are right: If someone tells me he loves me, I don't want to go through the torture of asking him how he loves me: like a chicken sandwich? Like chocolate? Yet I am as guilty as anyone when it comes to tossing the love word around! My HoT is here. Happy Valentine's Day!

Misty DawnS said...

I needed to read this today - it's great and made me laugh, because you are correct.

Patti said...

I love this post, Mr. C.
OK, I try. I try. And what about the Jack Benny contest? Huh?