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Today, the tradition of a honeymoon following nuptials has, long way from
its original meaning. Today's "happy ending" to the wedding event is a far cry from its much different beginnings. The word honeymoon has its
roots in the Norse word "hjunottsmanathr" which was anything but blissful.
Northern European history describes the abduction of a bride from a neighboring village. It was imperative, that the abductor, the
husband-to-be, takes his bride to be into hiding for period of time. His friends assured his and her safe keeping and
kept their whereabouts unknown. Once the bride's family gave up their search, the bride groom returned to his people. This folkloric explanation
presumably is the origin of today's honeymoon, for its original meaning meant hiding.
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