A heart shape is a symbol of love and compassion.
The heart has long been used as a symbol to refer to the spiritual, emotional, moral, and in the past also intellectual core of a human being. As the heart was once widely believed to be the seat of the human mind, the word heart continues to be used poetically to refer to the soul, and stylized depictions of hearts are extremely prevalent symbols representing love.
The heart symbol (♥) is used in slang expressions to indicate love or affection, sometimes with a connotation that the feeling is superficial or Horny. It is a play upon Milton Glaser's classic I Love New York logo (typeset "I ♥ NY"). In the U.S., it can be used to show that one has a crush on someone or is in love with someone (i.e. "I ♥ [someone's name]" or "[Someone] ♥s [Someone else]"). It is also present in some recent titles, e.g. the film I ♥ Huckabees, the video game We ♥ Katamari, or the Naoki Maeda songs, CANDY♥ and LOVE ♥ SHINE.
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