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From: (Richard Akerboom)
Subject: Re: Homebrew Digest #844 (March 16, 1992)-Honeymoon
Date: 1992-03-17 02:21:21 GMT

> Subject: Papazian and "Honeymoon"
> I just ran across Papazian's account of the origins of the word
> "honeymoon." He contends that tradition had the newlyweds drinking
> mead (HONEY) for one month (MOON) after their wedding. This was
> supposed to insure fertility and the birth of sons. I assume that
> this is Anglo-Saxon in origin.

For what it's worth, from my copyright 1969 American Heritage Dictionary
of the English language, copied without permission: "[honey + moon
(month), the first month of marriage being thought of as the sweetest]"


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