From the HBD Archive
Subject: Re: Honeymoon (OED attribution)
Date: 1992-03-17 16:57:33 GMT

Okay, I'll jump into the fray.

Although the Oxford English Dictionary is an impressive source to cite
(It's so big! So expensive!) I don't think OED looked far enough back
for its etymology. Notice that Papazian attributes it to a period that
by far predates the quotes by 16th century English authors. The
quotes themselves seem to follow the style of the "University Wits",
a loose group of university-educated writers of the period who were
fiends for play-on-words. True, these attributions helped to popularize
the word, but "honeymoon" very likely is of nordic origin, as is a lot
of the English language.

- --Ed

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