What is love? and where did the word love come from?

whats the scientific explanation for what love is?

Love is a perpetual holiday invented in 1873 by the founders of the founders of the order of St. Valentine, a scurrilous scoundrel who seduced young women in the middle ages. These vile men set about creating an industry that would make money at all times and in all places of the world - the greeting card industry.....
However, their most successful enterprise, Valentine's day (Feb 14th), has been slowly eclipsed by the Christmas phenomenon centred around a celebration of unfettered capitalism - a pagan ritual performed by the druids and other ancient cults.

The word love is derived from the combination of the latin words for "sucker" and "fool": combibo and balatro, respectively. Forming Balabibo, shortened to Labibo or Labi.... upon interaction with the burgeoning Old English language this was further changed through pronunciation difficulties to Lavi (as we all know that b and v are opposite sounding in English/Italian and Spanish). Eventually this evolved into the word we know as Lovey (hence lovey dovey) and then Love.

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...baby, don't hurt me...

Mike Hammer wrote:

Love is the feeling you have for a 45 that doesn't jam.

Chumpy_McChump wrote:

...baby, don't hurt me...

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Chumpy_McChump wrote:

...baby, don't hurt me...

That was my second choice

I prefer the "Night at Silent Hill" version

Definition: 'Love' is making a shot to the knees of a target 120 kilometers away using an Aratech sniper rifle with a tri-light scope.

Love is the best evercleanse. What is the best evercleanse?

Love, like war can be described as temporary insanity.

I love lamp.

PG9 wrote:

whats the scientific explanation for what love is?

You forgot to form your question as a song. Here, let me help you.

I gotta take a little time
A little time to think things over
I better read between the lines
In case I need it when Im older

Now this mountain I must climb
Feels like a world upon my shoulders
I through the clouds I see love shine
It keeps me warm as life grows colder

In my life theres been heartache and pain
I dont know if I can face it again
Cant stop now, Ive traveled so far
To change this lonely life

I wanna know what love is
I want you to show me
I wanna feel what love is
I know you can show me

Im gonna take a little time
A little time to look around me
Ive got nowhere left to hide
It looks like love has finally found me

In my life theres been heartache and pain
I dont know if I can face it again
I cant stop now, Ive traveled so far
To change this lonely life

I wanna know what love is
I want you to show me
I wanna feel what love is
I know you can show me

I wanna know what love is
I want you to show me
And I wanna feel, I want to feel what love is
And I know, I know you can show me

Lets talk about love
I wanna know what love is, the love that you feel inside
I want you to show me, and Im feeling so much love
I wanna feel what love is, no, you just cannot hide
I know you can show me, yeah

I wanna know what love is, lets talk about love
I want you to show me, I wanna feel it too
I wanna feel what love is, I want to feel it too
And I know and I know, I know you can show me
Show me love is real, yeah
I wanna know what love is...

Rob_Anybody wrote:

Love is the best evercleanse. What is the best evercleanse?

dhaelis wrote:
Chumpy_McChump wrote:

...baby, don't hurt me...

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Love stinks, yeah yeah.

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Well, since nobody's gone the serious route yet...

Love is an evolved response to various social and reproductive needs of homo sapiens. When confronted with a suitable mate, it is advantageous for the species that the two involved should be compelled to make babies. Further, because the human baby requires years of care before it is self-sufficient, some kind of bonding is necessary to provide an environment where the young can flourish. To encourage that behavior, it is likely that over millenia the traits that we identify as "falling in love" were selected and reinforced, whereas more perfunctory mating and short-term relationships were selected against. Familial love and friendships around which societal structures are built were likewise reinforced by generation after generation of family and extended family groups surviving to reproduce.

Functions like the brain bathing itself in pleasure-producing neurotransmitters whenever one's mate is around and the ability to tolerate unpleasant behavior in one's offspring are more poetically represented as two kinds of love. Both also serve a significant biological purpose.

An evil thing created by women to lure us in and cause us to do horrible stupid things .

Love is similar to tape.

/hopefully not obscure

You certainly are a busy little 'grinder, PG9.

"Love" in modern English derives from Old English, and thus is often compared and contrasted to similar words in other languages--especially languages that have multiple words or terms that focus on individual aspects of the English term.

Given the breadth, multiple connotations and aspects, vagueness, and age of the term, it's no surprise that many have sought to define and differentiate it over the years. Here's one of my favorite ruminations on the subject:

William Blake wrote:

"Love seeketh not itself to please,
Nor for itself hath any care,
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a heaven in hell's despair."

So sung a little Clod of Clay,
Trodden with the cattle's feet,
But a Pebble of the brook
Warbled out these metres meet:

"Love seeketh only Self to please,
To bind another to its delight,
Joys in another's loss of ease,
And builds a hell in heaven's despite."

Herrick presented similar paradoxes:

Robert Herrick wrote:

I BRING ye love : Quest. What will love do ?
Ans. Like and dislike ye.
I bring ye love : Quest. What will love do ?
Ans. Stroke ye to strike ye.
I bring ye love : Quest. What will love do ?
Ans. Love will befool ye.
I bring ye love : Quest. What will love do ?
Ans. Heat ye to cool ye.
I bring ye love : Quest. What will love do ?
Ans. Love gifts will send ye.
I bring ye love : Quest. What will love do ?
Ans. Stock ye to spend ye.
I bring ye love : Quest. What will love do ?
Ans. Love will fulfil ye.
I bring ye love : Quest. What will love do ?
Ans. Kiss ye to kill ye.

Alternatively, in the game of tennis "love" is the terminology used when one player has zero points in a round. For example, instead of 15 - 0 the score will be given as 15 - love. (It is often jokingly said that this is because someone who scores zero a lot must love the game to continue playing.)

Chumpy_McChump wrote:

...baby, don't hurt me...

This.

nevermind

(I wish you could delete posts)

Love is pursuit. It's the only emotion that we consistently get f*cked over with, and yet continue chasing. One could say we are completely irrational as a species in regards to what amounts to nothing more than a continuous release of endorphins, albeit pleasurable ones.

I'm normally a hopeless romantic and would have gone on at length through shakespearean prose, but I am having a bad day and feeling bitter.

I once had a professor who spend 30 minutes during a class explaining the original meaning and how the F word has evolved over time to its present usage. Originally the F word meant Love.

I think I heard somewhere that love could be a chemical dependancy, I'm a bit hazy on the details, so take it at face value. In river stoats (IIRC) another mammal that has monogamous relationships, when they were with a mate they produced some hormone. When (evil, homebreaking) scientists suppressed this hormone the stoats broke the 'relationship' and found other mates. Love could be an addiction.

On a similar note, what the heck is "cute"? Is that an evolved response or a conditioned one? Most meat eaters look at a small, helpless baby animal and think "food", yet we look at the same animal and are filled with a sudden desire to cuddle and protect it. Isn't that pretty damn weird? It's like our nurturing instincts have expanded to include other species.

PG9 wrote:

whats the scientific explanation for what love is?

Probably a mixture of Vasopressin, Oxytocin, and a couple of other troublemaking neurotransmitters.

A person that killed Kurt Cobain.

Minarchist wrote:

Love is similar to tape.

/hopefully not obscure

It's good for making two things one.