Be My (Corny) Valentine!

Valentine’s Day is coming–Are you ready?

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February 14th is a day for candy hearts and corny cards (“corny” means sentimental and full of cliches).  Here is one example:

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Sugar is sweet,

and so are you

And here is another.  First read the pink version.  Then read the black translation:


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Do you carrot all for me?     (Do you care at all for me?)

My heart beets for you    (My heart beats for you)

With your turnip nose  (With your turned up nose)

and your radish face,    (and your reddish face)

you are a peach.   (this means:  you are wonderful)

If we cantaloupe    (if we can’t elope — “elope” means run away together)

lettuce marry    (let us marry)

Weed make a swell pear.    (we’d make a “swell pair” — this means: a great couple)

vintage-valentine-2 There are many more “punny” card messages (A pun is a play on words with similar sounds). Americans love puns, and you will find many of them one Valentine’s Day cards:

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Olive you! (I love you)

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Bee mine

Romantic partners exchange gifts like chocolate, flowers, and stuffed toys.  Couples go to out to eat and watch love stories on Netflix.  It’s a big day for marriage proposals, too.

Sometimes a group of friends who are single will go out together so that they don’t feel left out on this holiday. There are even parties just for single people on Valentine’s Day.

What about you?  Do you have any plans?vintage_valentine-19

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