Sometime back, I shared a quote from Pablo Neruda, but didn’t tell you that it contained my favorite bit of writing in the entire universe. I’m turned on by what those words say and the way they are put together. When I recite them, and I do it often, my heart jumps and giggles and my brain dreams dark fiction.
So when I opened my birthday present, and I saw my Piano Man had outdone himself, again, I understood I had to share my new-old word-baby with my Wicked Darlings—often, too.
until I forget or get too busy or just well, you know how that
works, I will take a word from my 151-year-old dictionary and compare its old definition
to its modern meaning. While I typed this, my heartthrob lay next to me in bed, wearing
nothing but glasses and a grin, so my first choice was obvious:
Lover - lov·er [luhv-er] noun
1. a person who is in love with another.
2. a person who has a sexual or romantic relationship with another.
3. a person with whom one conducts an extramarital sexual affair.
4. a person who has a strong enjoyment or liking for something, as specified: a lover of music.
5. a person who loves, especially a person who has or shows a warm and general affectionate regard for others: a lover of mankind.
Origin: 1175–1225; Middle English; see love, -er1
Now, the same word as defined 151 years ago:
Lover, n. One who loves; one who has a tender affection, particularly for a female.
Love is blind, and lovers cannot see. Shak.
2. A friend; one who regards with kindness.
Your brother and his lover have embraced. Shak.
3. One who likes or is pleased with anything; as, a lover of books or of science; a lover of wine; a lover of religion.
Any thoughts on lover’s evolution?