Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
I have a similar story, Jo. I was living in South America and spent an evening with friends from different countries, England, Ireland and Scotland, all working down there. The Miss Universe pageant was on tv and, when Miss Ireland came up, I remarked, "I love her!" The Irish gal there said, "You Americans are crazy. You throw around the word 'love' so much that, when it comes time to use it the way it's supposed to be used, you don't have a word for it!"
She was right.....