I love the phrase “Oh honey…” because it’s so versatile. It’s kind of a like a great jacket that you can wear anywhere for any occasion. The use of the word “Oh,” rather than an expletive, lets the listener know that you aren’t angry, you’re empathizing or, perhaps expressing a low degree of exasperation on their behalf. The use of the term of endearment “honey,” rather than the person’s name, indicates a degree of genuine affection. The pairing of these two otherwise innocuous words can express a wide variety of unspoken sentiments.
Let’s test the versatility of this phrase in relation to Tuesday night’s Indians-Angels game.
- Ubaldo Jimenez gets shelled for four runs in the first inning. “Oh honey” is a perfectly appropriate response.
- Ubaldo Jimenez hits Howie Kendrick with a pitch in the midst of that shelling. “Oh honey” could legitimately be said to either party.
- Zack Greinke hits Carlos Santana in the rear end with a pitch in the top of the fourth, presumably in retaliation for the Kendricks hit. Again, “Oh honey” could legitimately be said to either party. For Santana, the subtext is “Oh honey, I hope your butt doesn’t hurt.” For Greinke, the subtext is, “Oh honey, Jimenez didn’t throw at Kendrick. He doesn’t know what he’s throwing tonight.”
- Michael Brantley comes to bat after Santana is beaned and smacks the first pitch over the fence for a two-run dinger. Note that in this context, “Oh honey” is used as a term of admiration and delight.
- Ubaldo Jimenez gets shelled for four more runs in the fourth inning, including giving up home runs to Albert Pujols and Erik Aybar. What else can you say but, “Oh honey?”
- The Indians put together a nice string of hits to score two more runs in the seventh. “Oh honey” is then used to address the entire team as a term of admiration and encouragement.
- Casey Kotchman hits a two-run homer in the eighth. “Oh honey” expresses the delight in seeing a late inning surge.
- Carrera, Kipnis, and Cabrera go down 1,2,3 in the top of the ninth to end the game with a 6-9 loss. You could say “Oh honey” to each of them, the subtext being, “Oh honey, why didn’t you get on base?”