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Phrase, explanation not found

Posted by Lotg on May 05, 2003

In Reply to: Phrase, explanation not found posted by James Briggs on May 04, 2003

: : : Cannot find explanation of the phrase 'luke warm' - any ideas or have I got the spelling wrong?

: : It's a single word, lukewarm, meaning tepid, or moderately warm.

: The term goes back to the 13th century and is derived from Old English 'hleow' which, with various prefixes, was used to describe levels of warmth.

: OK, but why is this term used in relation to an emotional state? Perhaps emotional is the wrong word, but it's generally used when describing someone's feeling about a situation and infers that that person is not too excited about it.