I wanna know what love is, let’s talk about love
I want you to show me, I wanna feel it too
I wanna feel what love is, I want to feel it too
And I know and I know, I know you can show me
Show me love is real, yeah
I wanna know what love is...
(Foreigner, “I Want To Know What Love Is”)
Valentine’s Day is coming up next week. If you’re still alive to read this, you probably passed muster with your S.O. on the Christmas presents -- and it probably seems like a very short time ago. Now, you have to endure the stress of picking out the perfect Valentine’s gift. No wonder I heard there’s a hit out on Cupid.
Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day, aside from caving in to peer pressure to support the card and gift industry? Who the heck was St. Valentine, anyway?
Saint Valentine more than likely refers to one of three martyred saints of ancient Rome. The feast of St. Valentine was first decreed in 496 A.D. by Pope Gelasius I. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, the saint whose feast was celebrated on the day now known as St. Valentine's Day was possibly one of three martyred men named Valentinus who lived in the late third century, during the reign of Emperor Claudius II. The name Valentinus was popular in Late Antiquity, with its connotations of valens, "being strong".
As with most modern holidays, it is believed that the feast of St. Valentine was probably created with an eye toward superseding pagan holidays; in this case, the pagan holiday of Lupercalia. It wasn’t until fourteenth century England (and the influence of Geoffrey Chaucer) that the February 14th holiday became associated with romantic love.
As the countdown to Valentine’s Day begins, we’ll talk more about the holiday’s origins and its place in contemporary life. Meanwhile, if you see the Cupid, please don’t shoot him. He may be carrying some nice chocolates with my name on them.
Twisted Linguistics trudged forth through the snow to do their duty and round up these Words Gone Wild.
fo rtheirh – We think this might mean “Hell, yeah!” in one of the dead Romance languages.
scelected - Elected to office amid much scandal.
stench conflict - The Great Stink Wars.
sollisits - Sun worshippers.
ressemblent - One who looks like another.
dysregate - Non-conforming, misbehaving Reggae musician.
In keeping with the holiday, let’s all now take the “What's Your Love Type?” quiz.
|Your Love Type: INTP|
In love, you are honest and serious about commitment.
For you, sex is something you think about and desire a lot of the time.
Overall, you are pure in your affection and feelings.
However, you tend to be suspicious and distrusting at times.
Best matches: ENTJ and ESTJ
I’m sorry. Clearly, I’m not very good at love stuff. What IS an INTP (I Not Too Pissed?) – or an ENTJ or ESTJ? Would that be, like, Ewww, Not Tonight, Jerk? Or Easy Sweet Tart Jewel?