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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.

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