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Mullan
Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2018 1:20:28 PM
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Hi,
I'd like to know if the word "infect", in a metaphorical sense, ever goes with positive emotions, attitudes, etc., as in "She infected me with her love of literature" for example.
I've checked in the dictionary that it does go with emotions but all examples were of negative emotions. And when I do a Google search even on a phrase like "infect them with my love of", all results are about STDs, so I'd welcome opinions from people who are native English speakers and/or know the language well.

Cheers,
Mulan
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2018 2:21:48 PM

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TFD Idioms: https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/infect+with


infect with

infect someone with something

1. to transmit disease-causing organisms to someone. (Someone includes oneself.) Please don't infect me with your cold germs. Somehow, she infected herself with the virus she was studying.

2. to affect someone with something, such as excitement, joy, desires, etc. Her explosive laughter infected everyone with good spirits.


In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
Orson Burleigh
Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2018 3:25:07 PM

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Mullan wrote:
Hi,
I'd like to know if the word "infect", in a metaphorical sense, ever goes with positive emotions, attitudes, etc., as in "She infected me with her love of literature" for example.
I've checked in the dictionary that it does go with emotions but all examples were of negative emotions. And when I do a Google search even on a phrase like "infect them with my love of", all results are about STDs, so I'd welcome opinions from people who are native English speakers and/or know the language well.

Cheers,
Mulan


As one who has had a lifelong struggle with the side-effects of chronic bibliophiliaBoo hoo! , I can assure you that the use of 'infect' as in your example "She infected me with her love of literature" can be a supremely apt.
palapaguy
Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2018 3:54:50 PM

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Mullan wrote:
Hi,
I'd like to know if the word "infect", in a metaphorical sense, ever goes with positive emotions, attitudes, etc., as in "She infected me with her love of literature" for example.
I've checked in the dictionary that it does go with emotions but all examples were of negative emotions. And when I do a Google search even on a phrase like "infect them with my love of", all results are about STDs, so I'd welcome opinions from people who are native English speakers and/or know the language well.

Cheers,
Mulan


How about infectious laugh? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhOK-EAv7-Y

Mullan
Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2018 4:41:52 PM
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Aaah, I forgot to check idioms. Thanks for making me aware of it! Anxious
leonAzul
Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 11:06:20 AM

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Orson Burleigh wrote:

As one who has had a lifelong struggle with the side-effects of chronic bibliophiliaBoo hoo! , I can assure you that the use of 'infect' as in your example "She infected me with her love of literature" can be a supremely apt.


Oh, but indubitably am I guilty as charged!
Whistle

And yes, that is an eminently cromulent use of the word "infected" that is sure to embiggen one's vocabulary!
Dancing


"Make it go away, Mrs Whatsit," he whispered. "Make it go away. It's evil."
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