From Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language
Ah, those heady days of blossoming love. Here we have two couples at either end of the ‘honey-moon’ period, giving some hints of how a relationship changes in its early season – and perhaps some signs of foreboding for the future too.
According to the OED, the origin of the word was most likely a rather lovely (if bleak) allusion to love which ‘wanes steadily as the moon does’. One of the earliest recorded uses, in a book of 1552, reveals that it was believed to originate with ‘the vulgar people’ and that it was a term:
‘prouerbially applied to such as be newe maried, whiche wyll not fall out at the fyrste, but thone loueth the other at the beginnynge excedyngly, the likelyhode of theyr exceadynge loue appearing to aswage’.
Here then, we have our couple who love each other exceedingly. It is 1777 and the young newlyweds gaze towards…
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