Posted by R. Berg on June 23, 2001
In Reply to: Honey-moon in June posted by Patty on June 23, 2001
??an old song that has the line "Honey moon, keep a'shinin' in June" and the familiar term "honeymoon" comes from the song or is related to the same idea (June weddings, one would suppose). But just exactly what is a "*honey* moon" anyway? Must be the way the moon appears in June in certain parts of the U.S. But where? And just what *is* this visual attribute?? - Patty
There is no visual attribute, except, by one theory, the moon's waxing and waning. The Oxford Engl. Dict.'s earliest quotation for "honeymoon" is dated 1546 and so is not American and is probably older than the song. The Word Detective has more on "honeymoon" at http://www.word-detective.com/041798.html#honeymoon (link below).