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#1: Romantic

Definition:

marked by expressions of love or affection; conducive to or suitable for lovemaking; a person of romantic temperament or disposition (noun)

About the word:

We associate this word with sweetness and love, but it emerged from the conquering powers of the Roman Empire.

The expansion of ancient Rome created various dialects of Latin called "romans." (These evolved into Italian, French, Spanish, and others – the Romance languages.)

"Romans" were used to write popular stories involving chivalric or courtly love, and such tales became known as romances.

If we describe Rome today as a "romantic" city, we're using a word that has travelled a long way to come home.

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