Sometimes you have to take a stand for what you think is right and wrong. That’s why I am taking a stand against the symbol ♥ in the written language.
Why is the slogan “I ♥ New York” is pronounced “I HEART New York” instead of “I love New York?” Why is the movie “I ♥ the Huckabees” pronounced the same way? Why are we saying HEART when we mean LOVE?
I’m quite sure that the first time the heart symbol ♥ was inserted into a slogan it was as a clever substitute for the word “love.” The graphic designer who did that never expected us to say HEART. They expected us to make the connection in our minds and say LOVE when we see the heart.
But everyone says HEART now when they see the symbol. Did someone train us to say that, or did we all come up with it on our own?
I just can’t do it. I find it very contrived and almost stupid to say “heart” when it means “love” and sounds so much worse to my ear. “I heart New York?” I don’t think so. Since I can’t do it, I have to make sure that I never utter a sentence or title that has the heart symbol ♥ in it. I will refer to it in some other way rather than say “heart.”
Every time I see the ♥ I am going to say “love” instead of “heart”. The only time I am going to say “heart” is when I’m talking about it here. It’s a symbol, for crying out loud! It stands for LOVE, not heart. The fact that we feel love in our heart isn’t good enough reason to say “heart” instead of “love.”
Here is a pattern in the geography of life that I am not content to simply observe. This one, I want to change! I want to hear LOVE instead of heart. I refuse to perpetuate this stupid idiom.
Oh, what a rebel I am (haha) to take such a firm stand against the improper use of ♥ in writing.