"The most remarkable thing, I think, about the phrase “I love you” is how rarely it’s used literally to mean I love you. That I have a feeling of love for you. It’s used much more often, I think, to mean 100 other things. “Tell me that you love me,” or “I need to get off the phone now,” or “Things are fine between us, right?” or “Yes, it’s fine that we keep the parrot."
Ira Glass, This American Life - Episode 228 - You Are So Beautiful…To Me