Valentine’s Day — Say It with Penguins.


Rockhopper Penguin couple, New Island, Falkland Islands

Rockhopper Penguin couple being cuddly, New Island, Falkland Islands, 2010

Valentine’s Day is a mostly commercial affair; candy, cards and flowers. But the first known link between the Catholic saint and romance comes from is in Parlement of Foules (1382) by Geoffrey Chaucer:

“For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make”.

[“For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.”] Remember spelling was more or less optional in Chaucer’s day. But this fragment of Chaucer’s poem shows WC wasn’t the first writer to use birds for his Valentine wishes. Probably not even the first to use penguins.

Penguins aside, WC wishes his readers a Happy Valentine’s Day. Smooch your sweetie. WC intends to do so.

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