|Ms Whiting en regalia|
"Hon" is a term of endearment, locally favored by diner waitresses, deli clerks and hospital admissions staffers, all of whom you will meet during a stay of any length in our fair city. Some people just in from the distant points mentioned above are often taken aback by the familiarity of it all, but don't be that way, hon. It's how we address each other here, and not a put-down.
|Dere's the Cafe Hon, hon!|
Oh yes, the debate. Ms Whiting was advised to copyright the term "Hon" and 1/2 the town is all up in arms about it. People are acting as if, if they call the person across the deli counter to whom they just slid a wrapped half-pound of ham "Hon," they will have to pay some sort of royalty to Whiting.
It's not that way at all. For the same reason that you can't decide to open a hamburger drive-in and call it "McDonald's" or "MacDonald's" or " 'Mac' Donald's" or any other such variation, and you sure can't start a computer store and call it "MicroSoft" or "My Crow Soft", Ms Whiting is only seeking to protect her brand, and not own the word, hon. Hon.
I just used the word and no lawyers are knocking on my door!