Where does ‘honeymoon’ come from?


Ever wonder about the term “honeymoon”? Writer and radio personality Garrison Keeler had this to say about it on his daily Writer’s Almanac show on June 23, which was the month’s full moon and also known as St. John’s Eve: “St. John is the patron saint of beekeepers. It’s a time when the hives are full of honey. The full moon that occurs this month was called the Mead Moon, because honey was fermented to make mead, and that’s where the word ‘honeymoon’ comes from. It is a time for lovers. An old Swedish proverb says, ‘Midsummer Night is not long but it sets many cradles rocking.’ “

Wikipedia adds this: “The term most likely comes from an old English tradition that dates from the Middle Ages. Mead was drunk in great quantities at weddings, and after the ceremony nuptial couples were given a month’s supply of mead—sufficient for one full cycle of the moon.”

Well, at least it’s good to know that we have a patron saint.

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