The Chieftain's Random Musings Thread
Дата: 25.09.2017 22:30:12
shapeshifter, on Sep 25 2017 - 19:16, said: The thing it was being praised on them in almost all other reports from the period are how they seem to last forever before needing maintenance, and when they do are easy to work on compared to other vehicles. If you were a crew in the hot desert you'd probably think your ride was a sweet one or a honey if it meant you didn't have to break your back and sweat half to death like the crews of the other tanks who had way more problems. Nothing about how it drove. It keeps going and going.... That specific report is from a collection of middle east reports. this one to be exact Going by other reports from the period (1942) The thing that kept being praised was it's reliability. I'd guess it was the crews who started to call it that.
The_Chieftain: No, no, you miss my point. The entire subject came up after an observation by David Fletcher that to an Englishman, 'honey' is the sticky stuff that bees make. Its use in this context is an Americanism. Currently the prime source for the origin is mentioned in Bob Crisps' book, where he says his driver started it off after hanging around with the manufacturer's Texan rep for too long.