I have heard many times from many people saying 'it is love' or 'French is love' or 'Baltimore is love'. What does it exactly mean? Shouldn't they use lovely instead.?

  • From what people do you hear this? Are they native speakers of English? Apr 15, 2014 at 21:11
  • No, they are not. Apr 16, 2014 at 12:00
  • I think then you should ask them what they mean. This is not an ordinary English expression. Apr 16, 2014 at 12:21

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This is a metaphor. A more concrete metaphor would be:

George is a big teddy bear.

George is not literally a big teddy bear; he exhibits the qualities of a big teddy bear. In the same way:

Baltimore is love

means Baltimore exhibits the qualities of love.

(Having lived in Baltimore, I can't say I agree with this metaphor, except in that it exhibits insane jealous rages, tunnel vision, and a damn-the-consequences attitude).

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    Just kidding, Baltimore, you know I love you. Apr 15, 2014 at 18:17
  • Have you heard people use this phrase metaphorically? I haven't heard anyone say random city is love. Maybe I just ignore it, because it doesn't make sense to me? Random city is heaven I've heard, but not love.
    – Mike
    Apr 16, 2014 at 3:38
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    @mike ex1, ex2 Apr 16, 2014 at 12:13

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