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Anonymous asked in Family & RelationshipsEngagements & Weddings · 1 decade ago

if there is no relation in between honey and moon. then why we call honeymoon ?

who discoverd the word honeymoon . and how we have accepted the same.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The Scandinavian word for honeymoon is derived, in part, from an ancient Northern European custom in which newlyweds, for the first month of their married life, drank a daily cup of honeyed wine called mead. The ancient practices of kidnaping of bride and drinking the honeyed wine date back to the history of Atilla, king of the Asiatic Huns from A.D. 433 to A.D. 453.

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    1 decade ago

    The origin of the word honeymoon.

    The Oxford English Dictionary offers no etymology at all, but dates the word back to the 16th century:

    “ The first month after marriage, when there is nothing but tenderness and pleasure" (Samuel Johnson); originally having no reference to the period of a month, but comparing the mutual affection of newly-married persons to the changing moon which is no sooner full than it begins to wane; now, usually, the holiday spent together by a newly-married couple, before settling down at home. ”

    One of the youngest citations in the Oxford English Dictionary indicates that, while today honeymoon has a positive meaning, the word was actually a cynical reference to the inevitable waning of love like a phase of the moon. This, the first literary reference to the honeymoon was penned in 1552, in Richard Huloet's Abecedarium Anglico Latinum. Huleot writes:

    “ Hony mone, a term proverbially applied to such as be newly married, which will not fall out at the first, but th'one loveth the other at the beginning excedingly, the likelyhood of their exceadinge love appearing to aswage, ye which time the vulgar people call the hony mone. ”

    According to some sources, the honeymoon is a relic of marriage by capture, based on the practice of the husband going into hiding with his wife to avoid reprisals from her relatives, with the intention that the woman would be pregnant by the end of the month.

    It has also been said that the origins of this word date back to the times of Babylon. In order to increase the virility and fertility of the newly-weds, the father of the bride would provide his son in law with all the mead (a honey-based drink) he could drink during the first month of the marriage (and therefore "moon"). Given that the English word is only four hundred years old, direct attribution to Babylon is questionable, though often repeated. The custom of drinking mead after a wedding for a month was also a medieval custom, however, and in practice at the time the word first appeared.

    Other possible explanations of the word honeymoon have to do with the date that weddings traditionally took place. Weddings once commonly took place upon the Summer solstice both for religious reasons earlier on and also for the practical reason that it was the time between the main planting and harvesting of crops. As it was at this time of year that honey was first harvested, it is possible that this is the source.

    Another alternative is that "Honey Moon" is a name given to the moon when its path is close to the southern horizon. Its light shines though the haze and dust of our atmosphere giving its light a honey colour for the whole month.

    In many parts of Europe it was traditional to supply a newly married couple with enough Mead for a month, ensuring happiness and fertility. From this practice we get honeymoon or, as the French say, lune de miel.

    Courtsey: WIKIPEDIA: The Free Encyclopedia.

  • 1 decade ago

    "Honeymoon, a term proverbially applied to such as be new married, which will not fall out at the first, but the one loveth the other at the beginning exceedingly, the likelihood of their exceeding love appearing to assuage, the which time the vulgar people call the honey moon."

    So, in all those years, the meaning hasn't changed much. It's always referred to the period of time after marriage when love is, well, sweet.

    The "moon" in "honeymoon" is likely an allusion to a traditional way of measuring time. Moon phases have largely inspired our modern calendars.

    However, there are other opinions. Some believe the word originated in Babylon, named for the time when newly married couples (or just the husband) drank a special beverage which included mead, a honey-based drink. It may very well be true, but it's difficult to find evidence to support the story.

  • 1 decade ago

    This is a really interesting question, so I had to look it up. The first idea is pretty funny..

    1. The Oxford English Dictionary offers no etymology at all, but dates the word back to the 16th century:

    “The first month after marriage, when there is nothing but tenderness and pleasure" (Samuel Johnson); originally having no reference to the period of a month, but comparing the mutual affection of newly-married persons to the changing moon which is no sooner full than it begins to wane; now, usually, the holiday spent together by a newly-married couple, before settling down at home."

    2. One of the youngest citations in the Oxford English Dictionary indicates that, while today honeymoon has a positive meaning, the word was actually a cynical reference to the inevitable waning of love like a phase of the moon. This, the first literary reference to the honeymoon was penned in 1552, in Richard Huloet's Abecedarium Anglico Latinum. Huleot writes:

    "Hony mone, a term proverbially applied to such as be newly married, which will not fall out at the first, but th'one loveth the other at the beginning excedingly, the likelyhood of their exceadinge love appearing to aswage, ye which time the vulgar people call the hony mone."

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Oxford English Dictionary offers no etymology at all, but dates the word back to the 16th century:

    “ The first month after marriage, when there is nothing but tenderness and pleasure" (Samuel Johnson); originally having no reference to the period of a month, but comparing the mutual affection of newly-married persons to the changing moon which is no sooner full than it begins to wane; now, usually, the holiday spent together by a newly-married couple, before settling down at home. ”

    One of the youngest citations in the Oxford English Dictionary indicates that, while today honeymoon has a positive meaning, the word was actually a cynical reference to the inevitable waning of love like a phase of the moon. This, the first literary reference to the honeymoon was penned in 1552, in Richard Huloet's Abecedarium Anglico Latinum. Huleot writes:

    “ Hony mone, a term proverbially applied to such as be newly married, which will not fall out at the first, but th'one loveth the other at the beginning excedingly, the likelyhood of their exceadinge love appearing to aswage, ye which time the vulgar people call the hony mone. ”

    According to some sources, the honeymoon is a relic of marriage by capture, based on the practice of the husband going into hiding with his wife to avoid reprisals from her relatives, with the intention that the woman would be pregnant by the end of the month.

    It has also been said[weasel words] that the origins of this word date back to the times of Babylon. In order to increase the virility and fertility of the newly-weds, the father of the bride would provide his son in law with all the mead (a honey-based drink) he could drink during the first month of the marriage (and therefore "moon"). Given that the English word is only four hundred years old, direct attribution to Babylon is questionable, though often repeated. The custom of drinking mead after a wedding for a month was also a medieval custom, however, and in practice at the time the word first appeared.[citation needed][original research?]

    Other possible explanations of the word honeymoon have to do with the date that weddings traditionally took place. Weddings once commonly took place upon the Summer solstice both for religious reasons earlier on and also for the practical reason that it was the time between the main planting and harvesting of crops. As it was at this time of year that honey was first harvested, it is possible that this is the source.[citation needed][original research?]

    Another alternative is that "Honey Moon" is a name given to the moon when its path is close to the southern horizon. Its light shines though the haze and dust of our atmosphere giving its light a honey colour for the whole month.[citation needed][original research?]

    In many parts of Europe it was traditional to supply a newly married couple with enough Mead for a month, ensuring happiness and fertility. From this practice we get honeymoon or, as the French say, lune de miel[1][2]

    Satirists have said that a "Honeymoon salad" is "lettuce (let us) alone".

    There are many calques of the word honeymoon from English into other languages. The Welsh word for honeymoon is mis mêl (honey month). In Arabic it is shahr el 'assal also translated to honey month. The Spanish word for honeymoon is la luna de miel (the moon of honey), and the Italian luna di miele (same translation).

  • 1 decade ago

    HONEY resembles to BELOVED (wife or husband) and MOON means Be idle in a listless or dreamy way ,or, Have dreamlike musings or fantasies while awake .

    HONEYMOON is that part of married life in which wedding couples puckered their precious moments at that time . then how honey and moon be apart from each other ?

  • 1 decade ago

    honeymoon, i learned in ireland, comes from the middle ages. it was taught and thought that honey mead, a very potient drink, would help with male performance. so after getting married (which was the proper time to engage in sex) the couple was advised to drink honey mead in the light of the moon (at night) for good, potient, sex.

    i think you can see the correlation for it's connotation now a days.

  • 1 decade ago

    Hundreds of years ago it was the custom for the brides father to supply the newly weds with mead which was the drink of love.They were given one months supply hence the referance to the moon and mead was made out of honey

  • 1 decade ago

    Maybe a newly wed couple were on the beach and looked up and saw the moon, and the wife said "Oh look honey, the moon!"

  • 1 decade ago

    there is a certain relation with honey and moon ... u will discover the same just after marriage .... it lasts for few days my dear ... rest of the life there is really no relation with honey and moon ... if u try to discover u will do a great mistake

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