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The heart icon becomes a verb

The heart icon becomes a verb

In 1977, the heart icon became a verb with the "I Love NY" logo that was created to boost morale for a city in crisis. The symbol extended the meaning of the heart beyond romantic love to include civic feelings, thus opening the gateway to new uses.

Once the heart sign became a verb, it could be used to connect people, places, or things.

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In 1344, the heart icon with two lobes and a point appeared in a manuscript, The Romance of Alexander. The scene containing the heart image appears in the lower border of a page decorated with sprays of foliage, perched birds and other motifs characteristic of French and Flemish illumination.

In ancient Greek, lyric poetry identified the heart with love.

During the 12th and 13th centuries, minstrels in France celebrated a form of love that we call today courtly love. The troubadour was to pledge his whole heart to only one woman and promise to be true to her forever. He'd sing to her and the members of the court to which she belonged.

Saint Valentine of Rome was added to the Catholic calendar by Pope Gelasius in 496. By the mid-17th century, the celebration of Valentine's day in England was customary.

The ancient Romans believed there was a vein extending from the fourth finger of the left hand directly to the heart.

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