- deem /deem/
- oppress /uh-PRES/
- jailer /JEY-ler/
- inscribe /in-SKRAYB/
- platonic /pluh-TON-ik/
[verb] – to consider or judge something in a particular way
I deem it necessary to have other contact persons just in case of emergencies.
[verb] – to govern people in an unfair and cruel way and prevent them from having opportunities and freedom
Legends say that the ruthless ruler had been oppressing his people for years.
[noun] – a prison guard
The jailer always checks the prisoners at the same hour every night.
[verb] – to write words in a book or carve (= cut) them on an object
Kindly inscribe your name on the book, please.
[adjective] – (of love or friendship) intimate and affectionate but not romantic
Their friendship for over 10 years has been purely platonic.
According to one legend, Valentine was a Roman priest in the third century. Emperor Claudius II forbade young men from marrying, deeming single men as better soldiers than those with wives and kids. Recognizing the injustice of the law, Valentine resisted Claudius and continued to conduct marriages of young lovers in secret. When Claudius learned of Valentine’s deeds, he ordered his execution. Other accounts indicate that Valentine may have been slain for attempting to help Christians in fleeing Roman jails, where they were frequently oppressed. In one version, after falling in love with a young girl—possibly his jailer’s daughter—who visited him during his captivity, an imprisoned Valentine delivered the first “valentine” greeting himself. It’s believed he wrote her a letter inscribed “From your Valentine” before his death, an idiom that is still used today. By the Middle Ages, presumably due to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.
Although the legends of Valentine are a bit hazy, they all underline his glamour as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, loving person. Valentine’s Day is originally intended to be romantic, but it has developed into expressions of familial and platonic love.
- What do you think is the perfect Valentine’s gift? Please explain your answer.
- How do the people in your country celebrate Valentine’s Day?
- If you were Valentine, would you also oppose Emperor Claudius II? Why or why not?
- Do you agree that families and friends should also celebrate Valentine’s Day?
- Should Valentine’s Day be a national holiday? Please elaborate on your answer.