Posted by Henry on February 27, 2004
In Reply to: Honey-do list posted by ESC 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.
The male response was written by Carl Perkins.
Well how can you say you will when you won't,
Say you do, baby, when you don't?
Let me know, honey, how you feel,
Tell the truth now, is love real?
But uh oh honey don't,
Say you will when you won't,
Uh oh honey don't.