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Re: Honey-do list

Posted by ESC on February 26, 2004

In Reply to: Re: Honey-do list posted by SR on February 26, 2004

: : : Thanks, SR. I just wanted to be sure if I was right in assuming the obvious meaning, but had no luck with any dictionary. Thanks for the clarification.

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: : : : : What does the phrase "honey-do list" imply?

: : : : : It means a list of things that a husband or wife wants their spouse to do. Honey (term of endearment)do this and then do this...

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: : 'Honey', as a term for a spouse or partner, is virtually unknown/unused in the UK and, I suspect, many other parts of the English speaking world. It's overwhelmingly US; I'm unsure about Canada.

: : The term "honey-do" is actually a pun on the honeydew melon which is very popular in the US.
: : The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.
: honeydew melon (NOUN): A kind of melon (Cucumis melo) having a smooth whitish rind and green flesh. Also called winter melon.

The only way I've heard it is a list of chores for the husband to do -- fixing, cleaning, mowing, painting, etc.