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How well do you know the language of love?

Any Tom, Dick, or Harry can sign and seal a foil-embossed card and attach it to a heart-shaped box of chocolate, all addressed to a loved one for Valentine’s Day. But it takes someone truly versed in romantic delights to know the difference between an allumeuse and an amourette, a chocolatier and a ballotin, an Abraham Lincoln and a Michelangelo.

On a holiday many brush aside as corny or irredeemably commercialized, it pays to be original—so take our quiz and see if you can woo your valentine with the language of love beyond cards and candy hearts.

How well do you know the language of love?

Game Over

Which of the following eponymous varieties of rose is characterized by a blood-red hue?
A Agatha Christie
B Judy Garland
C Abraham Lincoln
D Michelangelo
Which of the following is the odd one out?
A melangeur
B kye
C chocolatier
D rumble-de-thumps
Which of these describes a ballotin?
A a type of alkaloid, present in chocolate, that is responsible for inducing heightened levels of serotonin in the brain
B a decorative cardboard box in which chocolates are sold
C a café in which only chocolate and chocolate products are sold
D a connoisseur of chocolate
Which of these is not a word for a flirtatious person?
A allumeuse
B coquette
C rover
D amourette
Which of these is not a word for a kiss?
A accolade
B facer
C osculation
D buss
Which of these words is definitely not etymologically related to the word love?
A libido (“hormones may affect libido”)
B lief (“he would just as lief eat a pincushion”)
C lapis (“a ring decorated with lapis stones”)
D leave (“by your leave”)

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