The Trending Words of Valentine’s Day
Around this time every year, as retailers trot out heart-shaped balloons and boxes of chocolates in prep for February 14, people begin to look for just the right words to express their love, or as the case may be, their frustration at Cupid and his abysmally poor aim. The words that trended around this time last year on Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com reflect this duality, circling around themes of affection and romance as well as disappointment and strained finances. Here’s a look at some of our favorites.
On Valentine’s Day, the word that saw the biggest spike in interest on Dictionary.com was expenditure. People were also more interested in cougar, bouquet, and unrequited than usual. Ten noteworthy terms from that day:
On Thesaurus.com, the word that saw the biggest spike on the holiday was a little less than romantic: nuisance. It was followed by terms that evoke troubled waters in the sea of love, along with terms that suggest that those who were lucky in love might have been searching for new, creative synonyms for their sweetie, darling, or sweetheart. Ten noteworthy terms from Thesaurus.com on Valentine’s Day last year:
Additionally, the day after Valentine’s Day last year, searches on Thesaurus.com painted an interesting picture. Discourage saw the most significant surge. Five noteworthy terms from the day after Valentine’s Day on Thesaurus.com are:
These trendy words may come in handy when I'm sending out Valentines this year. Good to know, right?!