The hon­ey­moon pe­riod

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A HON­EY­MOON IS the per­fect time for a newly-wed cou­ple to set about a par­tic­u­larly en­gross­ing con­ju­gal ac­tiv­ity… Puz­zling over the et­y­mol­ogy of ‘hon­ey­moon’, of course. One ex­pla­na­tion is that this is the sweet­est month (‘moon’) of mar­riage. Sorry, Harry and Meghan, all down­hill from here. Or – this one’s nicer – the term harks back to a cus­tom of giv­ing the newly-weds a month’s worth of mead. If the wife drank it faith­fully, she’d bear a child within the year. A few kegs and they’ll be catch­ing up with Wills and Kate in no time. — Tom Ough

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