Sunday, 16 February 2014

How ‘honeymoon’ is not very romantic at all

As with ‘soulmate’ which I spoke about in my last post, you may also hear the word ‘honeymoon’ in and around Valentine’s Day, or indeed, all year. But unlike ‘soulmate’, ‘honeymoon’ may not be as romantic as you might think.

Many old languages had one word for ‘month’ and ‘moon’ as it takes approximately one month for the moon to orbit the Earth. It is the temporal sense from where ‘honeymoon’ derives: the ‘moon’ in ‘honeymoon’ served to remind newlyweds that their period of blissful harmony had an expiration date.

Thus, the etymology of the word has a far less romantic backstory.

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