Pet Peeve #14c

It’s another language thing.  I hear it all the time. It seems excessive:

“I love (him/her) to death”
or, more commonly up here in Vermont:
“I love him/her right to death.”

Interestingly, there’s often a “BUT” thrown in there, as in:

I love my son right to death but, man, his feet really stink”
—or—
She’s got her problems and all, but I can’t help myself; I just love her to death.

Please don’t.  Try to rein yourself in. Loving someone to death is counter-productive. Better yet, try to find some other, more sensible superlative, okay? Thanks.

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