But you didn't qualify that in your initial remark. I answered your comment in the context that existed and took for granted that you understood the context. If you were not referring to romantic love in your initial remarks, it is your fault for not qualifying that. I am not a mind reader.
I didn't put a strawman. I responded to you in the context of the conversation which was about romantic love. I assumed you understood the context. "Cuddling" between human beings is intuitively understood as a romantic demonstration of affection. My point was that John leaning back on Jesus' breast was NOT an act of "cuddling" no matter how you want to characterize it. You were the one who tried to present it as a cuddling act, and you are simply wrong in that regard.
You may have been talking about romantic love, but I was not, as I've already stated. I was simply replying to the cuddling remark.
That is true, but again, you didn't clarify that in your initial remarks. I was speaking of romantic love and made that clear in my initial remarks and you were responding to that subject. The onus is on you to clearly communicate your intentions. It is not my job to read your mind and try to discern what you meant. The context of "cuddling" I was referring to was CLEARLY romantic in nature. If you didn't understand that when you made your initial remarks, then the problem is not with me.
Cuddling may be only romantic for you, but it certainly isn't for everyone. I cuddle my children, and even my pets, as I know many other people do.
Sorry but the misunderstanding is due to your lack of clarity, not because of any connotations I do or do not attach to the word.
Like I said before, if you're uncomfortable using a certain word because you attatch certain connotations to it (like "cuddling" = "romantic"), you don't have to use it. Just please don't assume everyone else attatches those same connotations to the word.