English Vocabulary (For Romantics)
By Andrew Davies Burd
Add some va-va-voom to your vocabulary with this selection of soppy English vocabulary for romantics! Make a face like Mr Bean and let your loved one know they’re special with our guide to romantic English vocabulary.
So, come on honey-bunny, let’s not waste time… let’s get it on!
Romantic English Vocabulary 1:
“To fancy someone”
To fancy someone means to like someone a lot, but it’s not as strong as to love someone. It is usually used to describe a physical attraction. If you are in any doubt about what happens to your face when you see someone that “you fancy”, just take a look at Mr Bean!
To fancy can also be used to mean “feel like” or “want” when used in relation to things.
E.g. I fancy a piece of chocolate cake.
Romantic English Vocabulary 2:
“To whisper sweet nothings”
So what are “sweet nothings” and why do you need to whisper them?
Sweet nothings are romantic, often trivial things people say to each other when they are in love, also called honeyed words. People generally whisper them, because they are either silly, without much sense or just a little bit rude!
Here are some scandalous examples from romance novels you can practise with the English love in your life:
“You are the only one for me”
“I don’t want to talk anymore”
“Tell me to stop”
Oh my, that’s enough of that!
Romantic English Vocabulary 3:
Puppy love is used to describe first love or the love between two young people.
Why not listen to the horrendous song, “Puppy Love” by a fresh-faced Donny Osmond on Top Of The Pops in 1972.
Romantic English Vocabulary 4:
Lovey-dovey, which comes from the words “love” and “dove”, is used to describe a couple who are very affectionate, constantly kissing and whispering “sweet nothings” to each other.
When “puppy love” exists between two people they will probably exhibit “lovey-dovey” behaviour.
The English like using these silly rhyming animal phrases when they are in love. So the next time you want to refer to the English love in your life, why not call them “honey-bunny”. Urgh!
Romantic English Vocabulary 5:
“Head over heels in love”
To be head over heels in love is about as in love as it gets in English!
It means to be completely, 100% in love with someone, just like the two owls in the picture above, who are literally head over heels.
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