Avoir un coeur d’artichaut

Avoir un coeur d’artichaut, literally “to have an artichoke heart”, dates back to the 19th century. The full expression was Coeur d’artichaut, une feuille pour tout le monde (“Artichoke heart, a leaf for everyone”). The artichoke, which center is called “heart”, can feed many mouths, one leaf at a time. It gives all of us a bit of food, but never the whole thing. In everyday life, avoir un coeur d’artichaut describes a person who gives a bit of love to many people.

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