Choosing a sweetheart on St. Valentine’s Day originated 14c. as a custom in English and French court circles. A valentine is a card or gift expressing love or affection, often sent anonymously. This tradition began around the beginning of the 19th century. The romantic association of the day is said to be from it being around the time when birds choose their mates.
As we are at that time of the year, I would like to share a few expressions using the word “heart” in them, some may seem familiar while others may be completely new to you, here are a few definitions and examples.
“A bleeding heart”
Someone who shows too much sympathy for everyone.
I’m sick and tired of those bleeding heart liberal politicians.
“A heart of stone”
An unfriendly and unkind character.
You must have a heart of stone if you are not moved by that tragic story.
“A change of heart”
If someone has a change of heart, they change their opinion or the way they feel about something.
When I heard his political views on the matter, I had a change of heart.