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Cupid's Arrow and Idioms about Love

Posted in English Language by Kathy on 13 Feb 2017

In today’s video Kathy talks about Cupid’s arrow and idioms about love.

TRANSCRIPT: Hi! My name is Kathy, and I’m a teacher at SOLEX here in downtown Chicago. And while it’s really, really cold here in Chicago, February is a month of love.It’s Happy Valentine’s Day for many people.

But when it comes to love, people really don’t know how to say how much they love someone. So we use a lot of metaphors, idioms, and expressions, such as: "Women wear their hearts on their sleeves."

Now, what do you think? Do we really wear our hearts on our sleeves?

Well, it’s a metaphor, or an idiom. Women don’t actually wear their hearts on their sleeves. What the meaning of that metaphor is is that women are so emotional, and I think that’s a matter of opinion. And gentlemen: you’d better buy your girlfriend a bouquet of flowers for Valentine’s Day, or you’re going to be in big trouble, Mister!

But, back to what the idiom means.

The idiom means that women… I don’t know, I guess we’re softies for sweet things: Flowers, candies, what woman doesn’t like fairy tales?

It means that we show our feelings more. We don’t literally wear our hearts on our sleeves; we just want to feel the emotion. We want our boyfriends to be very sweet to us for Valentine’s Day, right, Honey?

I have another idiom to teach you about Valentine’s Day.

What does it mean if someone says that "Cupid has shot his arrow right through your heart?" What does that mean?

Cupid hasn’t literally shot you through your heart. God forbid, we don’t want to call the ambulance for you, but what do we mean?

We mean that you’re lovestruck. We mean that someone has caught your eye. You mean that “Wow. I like him a lot.” We don’t literally shoot an arrow through your heart. To say that Cupid has shot his arrow through your heart is to say that you’re interested in someone, or you’re smitten by that person. You’re in love, or I’m falling really hard.

It doesn’t mean that I’m falling on the ground. It means that I’m head-over-heels in love, and that’s another expression right there: "Head-over-heels in love". What does that mean?

"Head-over-heels in love" means that you really think this is the one for you.

I think I’m gonna pop the question to the one I love. I think I’m going to tell him tonight that I really do love him.

These are some of the expressions that we use around Valentine’s Day. They’re all the things that we do to show the ones that we love how much we love them.

How do you express warmth? How do you express your heart being on your shoulder?

It’s all a part of being able to speak, and knowing the right words, and when to speak them.

At SOLEX, we teach you all those kinds of things: idioms, metaphors, how to say "I Love You" in a thousand ways, but you only say them one way.

Women don’t really wear their hearts on their sleeves, and I’m told that men are much softer than women.

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