honey do

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Jul 27 19:14:22 UTC 2002

At 2:53 PM -0400 7/27/02, Bethany K. Dumas wrote:
>On another list, a question has arisen about the connotations of
>the NP "honey do." I know the term primarily as one used by husbands about
>household chores/repairs/etc. - and I know it only in humorous
>contexts. Recent ex:
>When a maintenance worker friend of mine at UT retired last year, I asked
>him how he would spend his time after retirement. He said, laughing, that
>he had a parttime job lined up and a long list of honey dos.
>(I cannot find the term in DARE.)

I've usually heard it immediately explicated (with the meaning you
mention), as "Honey do this, honey do that."


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