Monday, September 08, 2014

Love is a verb?

Yes, but that's not an argument.

It's a commonplace to state, "love is a verb", and then to say that therefore it's about actions, not about emotions. This is a common Christianesque argument. The problem is that saying "love is a verb" does not negate the fact that it is also a noun. It's a noun in every language that is likely in view (English, Koine Greek, Hebrew). Merely stating that it is a verb does not entail some essentialist view of it, no more than saying, "love is a noun" somehow desiccate it of its verbal notions.

If your argument is, "Love is a verb", my conclusion is, "you're a linguistic ignoramus."

1 comment:

Ro said...

Ah lol. Yes indeed.