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Valentine Comes From The Word Valour

St. Valentine Legend

Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • valour: worthiness; bravery
  • jailer: the manager or owner of a prison
  • execute: kill
  • outlaw: to disallow
  • sainted: to be named an official saint

Valentine Comes From The Word Valour

The word “Valentine” comes from the word “valour” meaning worthiness or . In American English, this word is spelled without a “u” (valor). According to one , St. Valentine was a Christian priest who was arrested for not worshiping the Roman gods. While he was in prison, he with a blind girl who was also the jailer’s daughter. The priest helped the girl pray for her sight to be restored, and she could see. Before the prisoner was executed (on 14 February), he wrote his girlfriend a love note, and signed it Your Valentine. Another legend suggests that St. Valentine was a priest who married couples after marriage was outlawed by Emperor Claudius. In both cases, the priest was sainted in the name of valour.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What does the word “valour” mean?
  2. Why does the report mention American English?
  3. What change happened to the girl according to the first legend?

Discussion Questions: What do the legends above have in common? How do they differ?

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