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What does the word "load" mean ?



Pretty3
Saudi Arabia

What does the word "load" mean ?
 
Hi,
  What does the word "load" in this sentence mean ?
 
 I’ve heard loads of nice things about it and I enjoy hiking.

 
I think there is a mistake in this sentence and it should be lots of instead of loads of !
 
Am I right ?
 
What do you think?
  

5 Sep 2015      



almaz
United Kingdom

There´s no mistake. It´s a common colloquialism with the same meaning as a lot of/lots of/plenty of etc.
 
Here´s a random selection of ´loads of´ hits from the British National Corpus:

 

5 Sep 2015     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

I would say ´loads of ´ is fairly standard usage. You might also see ´loadsa ´, but that is not standard. 
haven´t checked almaz´s link, but ´a load of´ is also fairly standard. 

6 Sep 2015     



Apodo
Australia

We use ´heaps of ´ in the same way.
 
I found heaps of good ideas on that website.
 

6 Sep 2015     



kwsp
United States

Hi Pretty3,

Maybe I can help!

Definition: load noun the amount or weight of something carried by a vehicle, a structure such as a bridge, or a person or animal: The truck had a load of bricks.

If you can think of a truck full of something such as bricks, watermelons, coal, or whatever, we say it has a load of those things. If it has a load of those things it must have A LOT of those things.

I am wishing you  loads of good wishes. Better yet, I am wishing you  many truck loads of good wishes!

 

6 Sep 2015