September 6th, 2010 7:07 PM
LOVE began life as an acronym. It once stood for:
Before the term marriage entered the English language (through French, after the Norman conquest), couples with official state recognition of their unions were said to be "in love", that is, in the state of having a legal order verifying their espousal.
After the Norman conquest brought a host of new terms into the English language, including marriage, love slowly became more general. First couples with no legal order sanctioning their relations were still said to be "in love". Then love grew to encompass familial affection, and later still, platonic affection between friends. Eventually it was broadened to describe affections for favored artifacts, ideas, or stories, such as love of money, power, or Battlestar Galactica.