My girlfriend once had a friend pop round her house and he brought his friend with him (both male). I replied "txt me when they're gone and I will come round," as it was early days in our relationship and I am little jealous and we had a minor falling out over something.

She sent me a txt saying "they have gone" and a couple of unrelated things. At the end of the txt she said "I have butterflies."

I see the expression having butterflies to mean you fancy someone or have a crush on them. I wouldn't want her to have a crush on her other friends: is that what "having butterflies" means?

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    This question is off-topic because its true subject appears to be conflicts arising from relationship dysfunction and paranoia. – Erik Kowal Dec 20 '14 at 5:43
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    Answered (for normal usage) at Etymology for the phrase "butterflies in stomach" – Edwin Ashworth Dec 20 '14 at 5:54
  • Short for "butterflies in the stomach" which means a slightly queasy feeling. Usually implies an emotional state rather than impending regurgitation. May be bad (stage fright, etc) or good (love, et al). – Hot Licks Dec 20 '14 at 16:03

Neither having a crush or being angry is a common meaning for the phrase "butterflies," which usually indicates nervousness.


"To have butterflies" sounds like an abbreviated form of "to have butterflies in my stomach", which often means to be nervous or anxious.

See also Wiktionary on that phrase.

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