Talk:love bomb

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RFV discussion: April 2011–February 2012[edit]

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  1. (fictional) A type of chemical weapon that makes enemy soldiers attracted to each other

Is it attestable? Searching for "love bomb" in Google yields 892,000 results and nothing readily available about chemical weapons, so presumably this entry at least means something else. --Daniel. 09:28, 5 April 2011 (UTC)

I think it's a synonym for gay bomb. —CodeCat 10:37, 5 April 2011 (UTC)
At least "gay bomb" is (barely) attestable. Neither that sense nor the sense given for "love bomb" seem attestable AFAICT, nor do they fit the wide diversity of meanings for uses I've seen. The most common use seems to be something like "a conscious use of expressions of high regard to influence a person, especially to join a cult." A better phrase than "expressions of high regard" would be nice. DCDuring TALK 15:15, 5 April 2011 (UTC)
If you do a Google Book search for "love bomb", "gay bomb" together you'll see it. One Book attest though. There are other hits on the Web (Pentagon planned love bomb, --The Telegraph). Leasnam 15:31, 5 April 2011 (UTC)
We do now ;) Leasnam 21:00, 5 April 2011 (UTC)
Well, the specific definition fails RFV for now, but I've left the entry, tagged {{rfdef}}. - -sche (discuss) 23:30, 1 February 2012 (UTC)


Also exists, or perhaps lovebomb as a verb. See e.g. The Guardian [1]: "Universities should defend students against lovebombing by banks and consultancy firms – before it ruins their lives." Equinox 13:17, 17 June 2015 (UTC)