Historians believe that the actual English word "romance" developed from a vernacular dialect within the French language meaning "verse narrative"—referring to the style of speech, writing, and artistic talents within elite classes.
The word was originally an adverb of the Latin origin "Romanicus," meaning "of the Roman style." The connecting notion is that European medieval vernacular tales were usually about chivalric adventure, not combining the idea of love until late into the seventeenth century.
[Hmph.} Well, if you REALLY want to get something off your chest, then say it.
I mean she led me on and then dumped me after that for some guy with a Harley motorcycle named Dirk.
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