I heart you

Posted February 14, 2012

I heart you

Hearing someone say ‘I heart you’ makes me cringe.

If the person simultaneously rubs their hand over their heart (yep, I have actually witnessed a television presenter do this live on air!), I immediately reach for the sick bag. 

Presumably the phrase, and accompanying gesture, is meant to sound fun and cutesy. It might if you are under five years old; it doesn’t when you are an adult.

‘I heart you’ is the verbal equivalent of wading through a river of sticky treacle or being confronted by a legion of Care Bears all intent on having a cuddle. What’s wrong with the word love anyway? It’s served us well for centuries.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem, How Do I Love Thee, written in the 1800s, has one of the most romantic openings in English literature:

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

The words convey powerful emotion, not icky sentimentality. Victorian poetry groups would have run Elizabeth Barrett Browning out of town if she'd called it How Do I Heart You?

Image: HikingArtist, Flickr

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