WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Sweet Heart

Love comes in all stages of life. It’s cute when we see the tiny ringer bearer and flower girl peck each other’s cheeks with kisses at the wedding. It’s heartwarming to see the elderly lady and gentleman holding hands at the nursing home.

Sweet Heart (noun)

Late 13th Century, as a form of address. By the 1570s, as a synonym for “loved one.” From sweet (adjective) and heart (noun).
Slang. A term applicable to either the masculine or feminine gender, signifying a girl’s lover, or a man’s mistress: derived from a sweet cake in the shape of a heart.

Some historical Sweet Hearts.

Le Parapluie Officieux, Le Bon Genre No. 40, circa 1820.

Le Parapluie Officieux, Le Bon Genre No. 40, circa 1820.

A Kiss In The Kitchen by Thomas Rowlandson

A Kiss In The Kitchen by Thomas Rowlandson

Forgiving Lovers, Thomas Rowlandson, 1798.

Forgiving Lovers, Thomas Rowlandson, 1798.

Aged Lovers, Thomas Rowlandson, 1798.

Aged Lovers, Thomas Rowlandson, 1798.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historical definition from The Online Etymological Dictionary. Slang definition from 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

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