In Reply to: Love to death posted by James Briggs on August 16, 2010 at 10:01:
: : The phrase - I love him to death - or I love her to death, etc. Origin?
: Surely it's just a shortening of 'I (will) love her to (my) death'
In my West Virginia childhood, I heard the expression "wool a kitten to death." Petting and handling a kitten until it died. Maybe there is a connection.