Words most searched on Valentine's Day

MANILA, Philippines – For a holiday that's not legally recognized, Valentine’s Day remains to be one of the most celebrated in the whole world.

The days leading to February 14 each year almost always see not just increased sales – not to mention prices – of the full-proof combo of flowers and chocolates, but also various promos that aim to draw couples and lovers who want to mark the special occasion.  

Social media is also expected to be filled to the brim with sweet nothings. 

According to Twitter, the hashtags widely used on what is regarded as the most romantic day of the year include:  #bemine, #bemyvalentine, #candyhearts, #galentinesday, #hugsandkisses, #secretadmirer, #SinglesDay, #sweetheart, #thatslove, #valentine, #valentines, #valentinesday2017, #whoneedsavalentine, and #willyoubemyvalentine.

Every Valentine’s Day and its surrounding days, Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com round up the words that visitors search on their websites.

For example, in 2014, the two sites reported that the word “discourage” led the list of most searched words. 

The other words include: 

Valentine's an 'expensive' day?

In 2015, the word “expenditure” was the most searched in Dictionary.com while for Thesaurus.com, most people were searching for a synonym of a little less romantic word, “nuisance.”

Here are the other words that saw a spike in searches in the two websites in 2015: 

Bigger vocabulary words

Meanwhile, on Valentine’s Day 2016, only 6 words made it to the list of Dictionary.com. These are: 

Based on the words mentioned above, the words people look for during Valentine’s Day aren’t really just meant to express admiration for their significant other. The most searched words also somehow describe the frustration that comes with the concept of love.

Love, after all, is not always fun and romance. – Rappler.com

What words do you think will be most searched during this year’s Valentine’s Day? Share in the comments section below! 



Jodesz Gavilan

Jodesz Gavilan is a writer and researcher for Rappler and its investigative arm, Newsbreak. She covers human rights and also hosts the weekly podcast Newsbreak: Beyond the Stories. She joined Rappler in 2014 after obtaining her journalism degree from the University of the Philippines.