1. A sweet, viscous substance made by bees from nectar gathered from flowers. 2. Anything resembling or suggestive of honey. 4. Sweet one; darling: a term of endearment. [from the Old English word hunig] -- Funk & Wagnall's Canadian College Dictionary
When it first occurred to me to explore the word "honey," it seemed a bit too obvious to bother with. However, I decided to check it out anyway. I found so much has been done with honey that I decided to write about it despite its (possibly) small impact on healing, relationships, and personal growth.
As a term of endearment, honey is sweet and simple. Although overuse can render it as meaningless as any other word, adding honey to daily utterances does often sweeten them up a bit. "Honey, will you do such and such for me?" adds a love-reminder to the basic request.
As a food, honey is so delicious, so nutritious, that it's a wonderful addition to many foods and beverages. It also feels excellent sliding down a sore, raspy throat. Though I've never tasted mead, I understand it's a tasty drink made from water and fermented honey.
Honey has had a far-reaching affect on language and daily life. Take a look at this honey of a list from modern and ancient English:
- honey-apple -- a fruit created in ancient times by grafting some kind of apple onto a quince stalk. The resulting fruit was used to make marmalade.
- hinny -- a British form meaning "darling"
- honey-tongued -- can be used as high praise, for one who uses words beautifully or as a sarcastic phrase for one whose words cannot be trusted
- honeymoon -- After the wedding, life and the beloved are as sweet as honey. But a cynic might say this joy lasts only as long as one cycle of the moon's phases.
- honey-bucket -- a receptacle used in a latrine
- honey-bun or honey-bunch -- a term of endearment or a pretty girl
- honey-do list -- a facetious name for the list of household chores a wife wants her husband to complete
- honey wagon or cart -- the vehicle that empties latrines and carries away the contents
- honey-pot -- in Australia, a way to jump into the water. This is the same as the North American cannonball jump.
- honey-star -- a mistress!
- honeydew melon -- a sweet melon
- honeysuckle -- originally misnamed when ancient people thought that bees drew honey directly from this woody vine
- honey thighs -- a term of endearment to a girl, since about 1945
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