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Fishing 'turns me on' [turn]

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Dandee, Sep 23, 2006.

  1. Dandee

    Dandee Senior Member

    Argentina, español
    Hi All !

    Is "Turn-on" only used for sexual connotations?. Is it wrong to say "Fishing turns me on" as equivalent to "I love fishing".


  2. whatonearth Senior Member

    UK, English
    Yes! You get some very strange looks if you went around saying that! :) To be 'turned on' by something only really has sexual connotations. The only other way to 'turn on' would be for switching something on (i.e. 'turn on the TV') but that has a very different meaning.
  3. Gordonedi

    Gordonedi Senior Member

    UK (Scotland) English
    The term "turn on" does not exclusively to suggest sexual connotations, but it does suggest some kind of excitement as a response to the activity, so perhaps (without wishing to upset any keen fishermen and fisherwomen out there) fishing is not a good example.

    Going to the theatre turns me on.
    Being at a grand prix race turns me on.

  4. ireney

    ireney Modistra

    Greek Greece Mod of Greek, CC and CD
    I'd say that the one could possibly say something like "I love fishing; the moment I understand I've caught a big fish, the struggle to reel it in, the combination of sheer physical force and dexterity needed not to lose the fish turn me on".

    Mind you, if you ask me, our scaly cousins should remain where nature put them since I prefer my meat to walk or fly prior to its taking the road to dinnerhood.
  5. Dandee

    Dandee Senior Member

    Argentina, español
    Thanks all of you for your answers. they were very useful for me.



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